Black Power in the Schools

Historian Matthew Countryman will speak at the Philadelphia Folklore Project, 735 S. 50th St. on Wednesday, November 8th at 6:30 pm on Black Power in the Schools: The Historical Lessons of November 17, 1967. This announcement came to me by way of the PHENND* newsletter. The following paragraph comes from their announcement of the event.

Matthew Countryman’s award winning history tells the story of the modern civil rights movement and the transition to Black Power in the city of Philadelphia. His narrative of the Black community’s effort to win some degree of control over the education of Black children, culminating in the November 17th student demonstration and police riot at the Board of Education, is important history for anyone concerned with education in Philadelphia and poses questions that remain central to the struggle for quality, equal education in our city today.

Matthew Countryman, the child of civil rights activists, was raised in Philadelphia and now teaches at the University of Michigan.

Admission is free, however donations are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. Seating is limited, so if you’d like to attend, please RSVP.

*Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development

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