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17:30 - 19:00 19 May 2016

Black power and the struggle over public education in Atlanta, 1960-1980


Lecture Room 103 | UCL – Institute of the Americas (link Map)
51 Gordon Square | London | WC1H 0PQ | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

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Dr Tom Adam Davies, Lecturer in American History, University of Sussex

Throughout the civil rights-Black Power era and in cities across the United States, public education became an important site of political contest, as African Americans fought for control of white-dominated institutions in their communities.

The struggle between poor and middle-class African Americans in Atlanta over the direction of school reform during the late 1960s and 1970s provides a fascinating example of how white elites dictated the scope of socio-economic and racial change. It also reveals the ways in which Black Power ideology could ultimately reinforce – rather than challenge – existing power relations and the racial and gender hierarchies they rested upon.


Oscar Martinez
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