Author Talk: History of Black Education

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Author Talk on Education PBS Books, in partnership with the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), presents their author Jarvis Givens, and scholars Cornel West and Brandon Terry discussing the history of Black education in the US sparked by Givens’ new book  Fugitive Pedagogy: Carter G. Woodson and the Art of Black Teaching.

About the Book

Givens’ new book Fugitive Pedagogy journeys through the subversive history of black education, and it uses the life of famed educator Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950) to elevate the political and intellectual contributions made by teachers to the long black freedom struggle.
About the Conversation
Professors Jarvis Givens and Cornel West will discuss the life of Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950) as a student, teacher, and education leader. But, as Givens shows in his new book, Fugitive Pedagogy: Carter G. Woodson and the Art of Black Teaching (Harvard University Press, 2021), Woodson was the product of longstanding subversive traditions among black schoolteachers, the educators who taught him and those whom he worked alongside. Givens and West will discuss why black teachers were so central to the long black freedom movement, and what lessons we might glean from their legacy as we search for meaningful education today. This conversation will be moderated by Professor Brandon Terry.
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