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ERIC Number: ED503692
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct-2
Pages: 39
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
Framing Educational Opportunities for African Americans: The House that Jackie Built
Gentry, Ruben
Online Submission, Paper presented at the 25th Annual Fannie Lou Hamer Memorial Symposium Lecture Series (Jackson, MS, Oct 2-3, 2008)
The path to quality education for African Americans has been rough and fraught with resistance from the time that they were denied any education to "separate" education to even "no child left behind" education. Any significant achievement for them in the American educational system required blood, sweat and tears on the part of somebody. In many cases that somebody was a woman. It is high time to acknowledge, celebrate and emulate "women in the house" who helped make education what it is today for African Americans. This presentation first provides an overview of how education for African Americans has unfolded in this country. To set the stage for how a person might enhance opportunities for Blacks to gain an education, a role and scope picture of the college professor is presented. From these two perspectives, the life-long effort of a dynamic college professor is revealed. The story depicts the professor's background and educational attainment, employment choice, efforts at program development, fund procurement, preparation of students and advocacy for graduates' advancement. It also pinpoints specific hurdles that the professor had to overcome along the way and reveals how in the end, the efforts did not go completely unnoticed. The story comes together as the "House that Jackie (pseudonym) built." Jackie spent a lifetime framing educational opportunities for African Americans. Even after retirement, she is very much "in the house." The charge to the audience is that more persons like Jackie are needed in the vineyard, for some battles have been successfully fought, the victory has yet to be won in affording full educational opportunities to African Americans. (Contains 1 table.)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Mississippi