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date: 10 December 2022

A History of African American Teachers in the United Stateslocked

A History of African American Teachers in the United Stateslocked

  • Rhonda JeffriesRhonda JeffriesInstruction & Teacher Education, University of South Carolina
  •  and Toni WilliamsToni WilliamsUniversity of South Carolina

Summary

The trajectory of African American teachers is traced from the establishment of Africans as educators in the United States to their current work as community agents of change. The historical access of education for African Americans is explored, leading to the creation of the role of Black educator for Black people. Significant trailblazers in the profession are highlighted as trendsetters who disrupted concerted efforts to withhold education from Black people, and descendants of this work continued the fight throughout the desegregation era to the present are also discussed. Gendered constructs of African American educators are examined in relationship to cultural norms that have shaped the profession, concluding with a review of the implications of this professional role for Black people and the Black community.

Subjects

  • Education, Cultures, and Ethnicities

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