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ERIC Number: EJ943044
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-0022-2984
Looking Back, Moving Forward: How the Civil Rights Era Church Can Guide the Modern Black Church in Improving Black Student Achievement
Gaines, Robert W., II
Journal of Negro Education, v79 n3 p366-379 Sum 2010
As the operational center of the Civil Rights Movement, the Black church fostered community, functioned as an educative space, and promoted collaborative efforts among churches. Similarly, the modern Black church has the opportunity to invest in educating, organizing, and mobilizing people within the church and the local community. By investing in and encouraging congregants and community residents to seek positions on school boards and fostering educative relationships with students, the Black church can proactively engage the socio-political arena and ensure that the community has a voice in the education of Black children. Given the pronounced history of the Black church and the education of Black citizens, this article seeks to examine the ways in which the Black church of the civil rights era can inform the practices of the modern Black church for the purposes of improving Black student achievement.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A