Shule Ya Uhuru: The "Modern Strivers" and D.C.'s Eastern High School Freedom Annex

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Shule Ya Uhuru: The "Modern Strivers" and D.C.'s Eastern High School Freedom Annex

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Title: Shule Ya Uhuru: The "Modern Strivers" and D.C.'s Eastern High School Freedom Annex
Author: Pomerantz, Ari
Advisor: Minkin, Shane E.; Dorsey, Bruce A.
Department: Swarthmore College. Dept. of Educational Studies
Department: Swarthmore College. Dept. of History
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
Issue Date: 2012
Abstract: This research paper examines the organizing work of “The Modern Strivers”, a group of black high-school students from Washington D.C.’s Eastern Public High School, between the years of 1967-1969. Following in the legacy of the Black Freedom Struggle’s democratic organizing tradition and harnessing the creativity and intellectual exuberance of the late 1960’s surging Black Nationalism, the Strivers designed and established their own semi-autonomous Freedom School, while continuing to fight for relevant curricula and greater black community control at Eastern High. The Strivers’ organizing demonstrates that youth of color were key thinkers and actors within the Black Power movement of Washington, D.C., who used their experiential knowledge of the failures and violences of D.C.’s public school system in order to create meaningful, community-based educational reform.
Note: Co-winner of the 2012 Robert S. DuPlessis Prize
Terms of Use: Full copyright to this work is retained by the student author. This work has not been published and access is restricted to members of the Swarthmore College community. It may only be used for non-commercial, research and educational purposes at Swarthmore College. All other uses are restricted.
Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10066/8313

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Pomerantz, Ari. "Shule Ya Uhuru: The "Modern Strivers" and D.C.'s Eastern High School Freedom Annex". 2012. Available electronically from http://hdl.handle.net/10066/8313.

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