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ERIC Number: ED425253
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
Pages: 28
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Booker T. Washington High School (1916-1974): Voices of Remembrance. Portraits of Excellence--African-American Teachers in an Urban Segregated High School--Columbia, South Carolina.
Edwards, Anthony L.
The history of education contains many references to the inequities African American children suffered before the era of school integration, but few studies have described the positive interactions that took place in segregated schools. To remember segregated schools only for their poor resources presents an incomplete picture. Booker T. Washington High School was a segregated school with a sense of purpose and excellent teachers, both of which contributed to the positive development of African American youth and their communities. The school began in 1916 as the second school for blacks in Columbia (South Carolina), graduating its first class that year. In the early 1930s it was the only accredited high school for Negroes in the county, and one of three that awarded the state high school diploma to black students. Provided are grassroots descriptions of this school and its dedicated teachers based on interviews with 13 former students and historical records. The memories of these former students depict a school in which caring teachers, many of whom had been educated at prestigious northern schools, taught their students the standard curriculum as well as aspects of African American culture and history. The students' memories portray a school with an atmosphere of mutual respect and pride in which learning could take place. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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