September 18, 2016

Rediscovering freedom schools

Alternet -  Local activist group Detroiters Resisting Emergency Management (D-REM), [has] turned to a legacy of the 1960s civil rights movement for a solution: Freedom Schools.

Organized by African Americans in the 1960s, the Freedom Schools presented an alternative setting for all ages centered mostly on voter registration and social change, as well as academic components—mainly reading skills—for young people. Since then, civil rights and racial justice organizations, along with grassroots movements, have resurrected the Freedom School model for their work in African American communities still faced with inadequate education, disenfranchisement, and racial discrimination.

Gloria Aneb House, a member of D-REM who worked with the original Freedom Schools in Alabama in 1965, helped the group to launch the Detroit Independent Freedom Schools Movement.


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