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Educating Harlem and History & Education bring alumni of The Modern School to TC

Deborah Richardson de Cuevas sang the Black National Anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” each day at The Modern School. It was the only anthem she knew, and "that was just fine," she said in late April at a gathering at Teachers College for alumni of the progressive, private Harlem institution, which for more than 60 years educated African Americans and the children of Caribbean immigrants. The Modern School, which operated from 1934 through 1999, “gave me a sense of confidence about myself,” said de Cuevas. “I never felt I was less than any person who was there.”

De Cuevas was one of nearly 50 Modern School alumni who came to TC to reconnect with schoolmates and bring documents and photographs to be digitized by students in TC’s History & Education program. The digitized materials will be added to Educating Harlem, a collaborative investigation into the history of education in 20th-century Harlem sponsored by TC’s Program in History & Education, the Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME), and the Center on History and Education. Eight alumni sat for videotaped interviews conducted by TC students from various programs.

Read the full article in the TC Newsroom

Published Thursday, Jun. 29, 2017

Educating Harlem and History & Education bring alumni of The Modern School to TC

Deborah Richardson de Cuevas sang the Black National Anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” each day at The Modern School. It was the only anthem she knew, and "that was just fine," she said in late April at a gathering at Teachers College for alumni of the progressive, private Harlem institution, which for more than 60 years educated African Americans and the children of Caribbean immigrants. The Modern School, which operated from 1934 through 1999, “gave me a sense of confidence about myself,” said de Cuevas. “I never felt I was less than any person who was there.”

De Cuevas was one of nearly 50 Modern School alumni who came to TC to reconnect with schoolmates and bring documents and photographs to be digitized by students in TC’s History & Education program. The digitized materials will be added to Educating Harlem, a collaborative investigation into the history of education in 20th-century Harlem sponsored by TC’s Program in History & Education, the Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME), and the Center on History and Education. Eight alumni sat for videotaped interviews conducted by TC students from various programs.

Read the full article in the TC Newsroom

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