The Crisis in Black Education
EARLY BIRD DEADLINE: August 20, 2017!
Pre-registration August 21 - September 12, 2017
On-site registration prices effective September 13, 2017
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The ASALH Annual Convention is an occasion to explore the history and culture of Africans and people of African descent. Our convention brings together more than one thousand people, including academics, community builders, business professionals, and others, who share an abiding interest in our annual theme. For nearly a century, our scholarly sessions, professional workshops, and other presentations have served to analyze and illuminate the contributions of people of African descent to the world.
It’s not just a conference for academics. With more than 200 sessions, featuring our members who are prominent figures in Black cultural studies, as well as scholars and students from many disciplines, we will all learn much from the presentations.
ABOUT THE THEME
The theme for 2017 focuses on the crucial role of education in the history of African Americans. ASALH’s founder Carter G. Woodson once wrote that “if you teach the Negro that he has accomplished as much good as any other race he will aspire to equality and justice without regard to race.” Woodson understood well the implications associated with the denial of access to knowledge, and he called attention to the crisis that resulted from persistently imposed racial barriers to equal education.
The crisis in black education first began in the days of slavery when it was unlawful for slaves to learn to read and write. In pre-Civil War northern cities, free blacks were forced as children to walk long distances past white schools on their way to the one school relegated solely to them.
Whether by laws, policies, or practices, racially separated schools remained the norm in America from the late nineteenth century well into our own time.
Throughout the last quarter of the twentieth century and continuing today, the crisis in black education has grown significantly in urban neighborhoods where public schools lack resources, endure overcrowding, exhibit a racial achievement gap, and confront policies that fail to deliver substantive opportunities. The touted benefits of education remain elusive to many blacks of all ages. Addressing the crisis in black education should be considered one of the most important goals in America’s, present, and future.
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