Lessons in Democracy: Mobilizations for African American Education

Posted: 12 Apr 2012  

Donn C. Worgs

Towson University

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

Suggested Citation

Worgs, Donn C., Lessons in Democracy: Mobilizations for African American Education (October 31, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1952270

Donn C. Worgs (Contact Author)

Towson University ( email )

8000 York Road, ST 100A
Towson, MD 21204
United States

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