Harlem’s Education Movements: Changing the Civil Rights Narrative




New York, NY and Online


July 17-21, 2023 (virtual); July 24-28, 2023 (residential)


2 weeks


Professional Development Program

Professional Development Program Type

Professional Development Program Audience


This institute, for middle and high school teachers, expands and revises traditional civil rights narratives through a focus on Harlem's rich, varied, and enduring struggle for educational opportunities and justice from the 1930s into the 1970s. Through the rich archival collections of the Schomburg Center, the powerful stories of movement veterans, incisive lectures and discussions with leading scholars of the era, and in-depth explorations of Harlem's urban landscape, participants will learn the history of educational activism in Harlem and receive resources and strategies to bring to their students and communities.

Project Director(s)

Ansley Erickson; Brian Jones

Lecturers and Visiting Faculty

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

Grantee Institution

The New York Public Library

Funded through the Division of Education Programs