In this episode of Black History In Two Minutes or So hosted by Henry Louis Gates Jr., we celebrate educators who refused to lower the bar and used their resources to ensure Black students achieved exceptional academic heights.
In November 1870, four Black students created their own safe space to study in a Washington D.C. church. That space would eventually become the first Black public school, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. Dunbar High became the standard for academic excellence as Black students in attendance were exposed to more than just industrial education.
The excitement spread, leading to Black educators finding unique ways to elevate the access and curriculum for Black students across the United States. Even as the country began to integrate, Black students and educators learned that integrated education didn’t mean fair education.
In this episode of Black History In Two Minutes or So hosted by Henry Louis Gates Jr. — with additional commentary from Imani Perry of Princeton University, Hasan Jeffries of Ohio State University, Daina Ramey Berry of The University of Texas, and Lawrence Bobo of Harvard University — we celebrate educators who refused to lower the bar and used their resources to ensure Black students achieved exceptional academic heights.
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