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ERIC Number: EJ936489
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 73
ISSN: ISSN-0042-0972
African Americans in Urban Catholic Schools: Faith, Leadership and Persistence in Pursuit of Educational Opportunity
Green, Paul
Urban Review: Issues and Ideas in Public Education, v43 n3 p436-464 Sep 2011
A review of research on US Catholic education reveals that race is not treated as an important area of analysis like class and gender. Black Catholics are rarely studied in education let alone mainstream writings. This article examines the social and educational history of blacks in the US Catholic Church and the dual reality of inclusion and exclusion within a Church and its schools. This paper focuses on the intersection of the Church and Black Catholic schools as enduring institutions of opportunity for Black families and their communities. This paper unearths the shared values, assumptions and beliefs about African American Catholics quest for literacy. The article uses Black Theology as a frame to explain how the intersections of culture, history and religion influence meaning and educational decision-making. African Americans pursued Catholic education for two reasons. First, they sought to be educated which both advanced their individual freedom but vastly improved their community's economic, social, and political standing. Second, they inserted their own unique cultural and social experiences into Catholic schools which espoused service and academic excellence. Black Catholic schools well-defined values and academic excellence is still viewed by African Americans as places of hope and opportunity for students of color. (Contains 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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