Post-emancipation education for Black America

Sharif El-Mekki returns for a discussion about the emergence of mass education for formerly enslaved people after the Civil War and emancipation.

Posted by Citizen Ed on Friday, April 24, 2020

In the years after the Civil War and emancipation, Black Americans pursued every opportunity to become literate. One observer said “after the war, every former slave became a learner, every person a teacher, every place a school.” Realizing today’s problems with public education have roots in yesterday, we discuss the lessons learned at the end of the 19th century.

Sharif El-Mekki, founder and CEO of the Center for Black Educator Development, and principal of Mastery Charter School in Philadelphia, joins the show for a special #FreedomFriday episode focusing on the roots of Black education.

Chris Stewart is the Chief Executive Officer of Education Post, a media project of the Results in Education Foundation. He is a lifelong activist and 20-year supporter of nonprofit and education-related causes. Stewart has served as the director of outreach and external affairs for Education Post, the executive director of the African American Leadership Forum (AALF), and an elected member of the Minneapolis Public Schools Board of Education.


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