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The Blackboard and the Color Line

Author: Michael Hines

Explores the forgotten history of Madeline Stratton Morris, a Black activist and educator who created the first Black history curriculum to be adopted by a major US public school system

Through the powerful and untold history of Madeline Stratton Morris, The Blackboard and the Color Line offers a rich understanding of the ways in which Black people have created counter-narratives to challenge the lack of racial discourse found in school textbooks.

This book follows the little-known story of Madeline Stratton Morris, a Black social studies teacher in migration-era Chicago, who fought for and won the first inclusion of Black history in the curriculum of the Chicago schools, a decade before the height of Civil Rights Movement educational activism.

Scholar Michael Hines outlines how Stratton Morris’ alternative Black curriculum gained momentum through the convergence of interests between Black educators and white policy makers which ultimately lead to the adoption of the first Black history curriculum in the country.

During the Second World War, as Black Americans reasserted demands for democracy at home, even as they fought to save it abroad, Stratton Morris’ curriculum Supplementary Units for the Course of Instruction in Social Studies, bolstered the claim for recognition and full citizenship. Her work gained national attention, widespread praise, and became a model for individual teachers, schools, and school districts across the country.

The Blackboard and the Color Line solidifies Stratton Morris’ lasting legacy and contributes to a new framework of how racial progress can occur through revolutionary changes achieved by individual educators and activists.
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The Blackboard and the Color Line

ISBN: 978-080700742-6
Publication Date: 2/1/2022
Size:6 x 9 Inches (US)
Price:  $0.00
Format: Cloth
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