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Center on History and Education
Teachers College, Columbia University
This fall the Harlem Education History Project (HEHP) released its edited volume, Educating Harlem: a Century of Schooling and Resistance in a Black Community. The volume brings together a multidisciplinary group of scholars to provide a broad consideration of the history of schooling in perhaps the nation's most iconic Black community. In addition to the print version of the book, the HEHP also released an open-access digital version of the volume for broader accessibility. The Center has supported the HEHP since 2013 and is excited to see the volume's release!
In the Summer of 2020, the Center in collaboration with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture will host a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute titled Harlem's Education Movements: Changing the Civil Rights Narrative. For 25 educators from around the country, the two-week institute will explore educational activism in Harlem throughout the twentieth century and the neighborhood's importance in the larger Civil Rights Movement. Middle- and high-school level teachers will experience this history through conversations with movement veterans, visiting scholars, archival visits, site visits, and more. They will also have space to re-examine their curriculum and plan for how they will teach new civil rights narratives.
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