Lessons in Democracy: Mobilizations for African American Education
Posted: 12 Apr 2012
Date Written: October 31, 2011
This paper describes key historical and contemporary examples of African Americans and their allies coproducing education for their communities. I argue that such examples, which arise within contexts where the state lacks the will or capacity to meet the educational needs desired by these communities, reveal a vibrant realm of public engagement often overlooked by those who decry the lack of civic engagement. Ultimately, these examples reveal a latent democratic potential in these and similar communities that may well be a source of civic capacity for solving community problems.
Keywords: democracy, education, African Americans, coproduction
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