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Askwith Education Forum Celebrates the Launch of the Black Teacher Archive

The groundbreaking new digital repository centralizes the experiences of Black educators during Jim Crow and creates new portals to understanding the history of African American education

Black educators have long engaged in pedagogical practices as acts of resistance, in response to efforts to disenfranchise and dehumanize Black people. What does their activism tell us about life as a Black teacher during segregation? How can that history enrich our understanding of Black education and Black experiences during Jim Crow and beyond, into the present?  

On October 3, 2023, an Askwith Education Forum explored these critically important questions with Harvard scholars Jarvis Givens and Imani Perry, the initiators of the Black Teacher Archive — a newly launched, freely available online historical resource that centralizes and makes accessible the political and intellectual contributions of black educators before 1970. The conversation, hosted by Harvard's Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, looked at how the Black Teacher Archive — made possible through the contributions of nearly 70 archival repositories — offers a potentially transformative portal for understanding African American history, structural inequality, and the responsibility of educators in the pursuit of freedom and justice. How does the archive meets the current moment, as efforts to advance educational equity and justice often face new waves of repression?

Watch the event, in full, above.

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