Harlem’s Education Movements: Changing the Civil Rights Narrative


New York, NY



July 20 - July 31, 2020 Length: 2 Weeks


Summer Program

Summer Program Type

Summer Program Audience


Drawing on the resources of the Schomburg Center, the Harlem community, and new scholarship, this two-week institute in New York City expands the typical Civil Rights Movement narrative by focusing on struggles for educational opportunities in Harlem. From the perspective of these events, a new story emerges of a movement that was often led by women; employed a wider range of political frameworks -- including, but not limited to integrationism -- in the struggle for access to and equity in schooling; was as strongly situated in the North as in the South; and sought rich educational experiences, not just formal schooling.

Project Director(s)

Brian Jones, Ansley Erickson

Lecturers and Visiting Faculty

Stefan Bradley, Ashley Farmer, Frank Guridy, Marta Gutman, Charles Payne, Brian Purnell, Russell Rickford, Vanessa K. Valdés

Grantee Institution

New York Public Library