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Education Matters – Documenting historically segregated black schools

Topic: Documenting Historically Segregated Black Schools

The history of school desegregation includes many important stories of courageous African American families and their children who were the first to attend previously whites-only schools. But there’s another history that often goes untold. That one is about the rich history of education provided by the historically segregated black schools. Innovative and creative leaders, many of them born in slavery, created schools that would transform and inspire subsequent generations. This week we’re telling part of their story through a new initiative from Wake County Schools to chronicle the rich history of Wake’s historically segregated schools.

Guests:

Dr. Jim Martin, Chairman, Wake County Board of Education

Natalie Perkins, Former Washington Elementary Student

Mary Linda Hall Jordan, Former Apex Consolidated High School Student

Deborah Beckwith, Former Holly Springs & Apex Consolidated Student

Resources

EdLines

Senate leader says loosen private voucher rules
https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/education/article226533280.html

My Future NC sets attainment goal for state
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article226523835.html

State superintendent highlights initiatives at private event
https://www.wral.com/nc-superintendent-shares-top-education-priorities-including-raising-teacher-pay-at-least-5/18203484/

Interview Segments

Wake hopes to document history of segregated black schools before it is ‘lost’
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article225599325.html

Alumni want NC to recognize Raleigh’s first public high school for blacks
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/education/article138901793.html

Voices of Washington Elementary
https://sites.google.com/wcpss.net/voicesofwashington/home?authuser=0

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Keith Poston

Keith Poston is the president and executive director of the Public School Forum of North Carolina.