The critical role of education in the history of African Americans, part 3 –


The Black Panthers’ belief in the need for an education beyond what was being taught in the school system led them to develop a network of liberation schools for youth.

 

BY JENNIFER GAMBLE-THEARD, M.ED.

ASALH Historian

The community school has been one of the most instrumental influences in the critical role of education in the history of African Americans. It is a partnership between a school and the community that surrounds it.

The social structure of the old community school was a reflection of cohesiveness within the local black communities of the past. When African-American communities had a vested interest in the success of their local neighborhood schools, the results were that of uplifting through education for students, parents and residents.

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