Self-Determined: The Secret History of Education Freedom


This pop-up exhibit hosted by Black Minds Matter showcases the plight of African Americans’ fight for education freedom, beginning in the Antebellum Period and continued through Reconstruction, the Civil Rights Era, and to present day. Our journey will explore how community control solutions have helped to better educational outcomes for students across the country. This exhibit presents a powerful narrative of how Black people then and now strive to build their own schools, empower their community, and ultimately set academic standards for children.

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  1. Come experience history and listen to current Black school founders who are making history today.
  2. Learn how you can support increasing education freedom for students



Denisha Allen, Senior Fellow, American Federation for Children

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  • Tags: entrepreneurship, storytelling
  • Event: EDU
  • Format: Meet Up
  • Track: Arts & Storytelling
  • Session Focus Area K-12 Education
  • Level: Basic Understanding

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