Harlem's Education Movements: Changing the Civil Rights Narrative





July 19-30, 2021 (2 weeks)


Summer Program

Summer Program Type

Summer Program Audience


Drawing on the rich 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: a movement often led by women; a movement employing a wider range of political frameworks — including, but not limited to integrationism — in the struggle for access to and equity in schooling; a movement as strongly situated in the North as in the South; and a movement that 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

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library

Funded through the Division of Education Programs