Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)


Teacher Education


This action research project challenges the social notion that education has not been inherently embedded in the African American community by examining how remnants of slavery and internalized racism have contributed to the struggles of African Americans to educate themselves, and how multicultural education efforts have not consistently highlighted the educational accomplishments and contribution of African Americans. To address these issues I developed a college level course that highlights the educational history of African Americans in two ways: it examines the struggles that African Americans have had to face, and it looks at the community and political responses to those struggles. This class was developed with the goal of instructing future educators who would, in turn, infuse this knowledge into their own classrooms and communities.


Thesis (M.A.) Teacher Education Department

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