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ERIC Number: EJ1039622
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-0042-0972
Thirty Years in the Storm: Leadership at an African-Centered School
Piert, Joyce Hafeeza
Urban Review: Issues and Ideas in Public Education, v45 n3 p376-394 Sep 2013
For most Americans, access to a quality education has always been perceived as the fundamental link to upward mobility and increased life chances within our society (Ballantine and Hammack in "The sociology of education: a systematic analysis." Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, 2011; Brown et al. 2010; Holyfield 2002). This perception of the role of education has been particularly salient for African American people. From the beginning of their experiences in America, the African American community creatively established schools for their children (Anderson in "The education of Blacks in the South, 1860-1935." The University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, 1988). Even during the enslavement of the majority of African people in this country, they would often risk their lives in the effort to learn to read and write (Douglass and Stepto in "Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, an American slave." Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 2009). Subsequently this rich history, along with the continued presence of inequities and underachievement in the public schools became the undergirding impetus for the development of independent Black schools within the African American communities around the nation beginning in the early 1960's. Through the years, many of these schools have waged a fervent battle to remain operating. In spite of difficulties with various factors such as, finances, facilities location and maintenance, as well as an unstable teaching force, the leaders who founded these institutions remain committed to the education of African American children. Currently, there is a paucity of research on the founders of these independent Black schools. The purpose of this study was to investigate the educational philosophy and strategies which guided the decision-making process of the founder of an independent Black school.
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Language: English
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