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The Place of Education in African American History and Culture

The Eighth Annual Conference of the

 Triangle African American History Colloquium

February 28th and March 1st, 2014

UNC-Chapel Hill

Friday, February 28

8:00-8:30 Breakfast

8:30-8:45: Opening Remarks (University Room)

Jerma Jackson, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

9:00-11:00: Session 1 (Concurrent Panels)

Black Education and Community Control (University Room)

Building New Communities: Black Town Development and Contested Geographies of Education and Housing in the Missouri Delta, 1940-1954

Heidi Dodson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Extending Education: Local Conflict over Public School Finance in a Cotton Belt County, 1980-1986

Will Goldsmith, Duke University

“Movers of the World”: The Free Thought Movement and the New Negro Radicalism in Harlem

Brady Burton, Clark University

Comment: Sarah Thuesen, Guilford College

Teaching African Americans and African American History in the Late-Nineteenth and Early-Twentieth Centuries (Incubator Room)

Which Shall We Choose?: An Analysis of the Educational Philosophies of Anna Julia Cooper and Charlotte Hawkins Brown

ShaVonte’ Mills, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

“For the Better Education of our Girls”: The Educational Philosophy of Hallie Q. Brown

Daleah Goodwin, University of Georgia

Comment: Walter Jackson, North Carolina State University

11:00-12:30: Lunch (on your own)

12:30-2:30: Session 2 (Concurrent Panels)

Black Parents’ Educational Activism in the Long Black Freedom Movement (University Room)

The Politics of Preschool Education: Black Parents, White Supremacists, and the Child Development Group of Mississippi

Crystal R. Sanders, Pennsylvania State University

On the Other Side of Brown: The 1947 Browne School Parent Boycott for Educational Equity in D.C.

Tikia K. Hamilton, Princeton University

Comment: Katherine Mellen Charron, North Carolina State University

Religion, Abolitionism, and Educational Institutions (Incubator Room)

“To Drink of the Healing Stream”: Oberlin College and the Fight to End Slavery and Inequality in Antebellum America

J. Brent Morris, University of South Carolina-Beaufort

Hardshell Schooling: Calvinist Education Among Black Primitive Baptists in Hunstville, Alabama, 1863-1907

Joshua Guthman, Berea College

Theological Education and the Promise of Freedom in Virginia, 1875-1882

Nicole Myers Turner, University of Pennsylvania

Comment: John M. Giggie, The University of Alabama

2:45-4:45: Session 3 (Concurrent Panels)

The Process of Desegregation and its Aftermath: What is Lost and What is Gained? (University Room)

We Made Lemonade from Lemons: The Story of Little River High School, 1935-1995

Kali Love, North Carolina Central University

Losing Lincoln: How Brown v. Board of Education Undermined Black Educators

Kathryn Palmer, Florida State University

“To the Point of Absurdity”: The Failure to Integrate the Inglewood, California Public Schools in the 1960s-1970s

Jennifer Mandel, Mount Washington College

“Growing Pains”: Integration at a Southern Segregation Academy

Monica Blair, University of Georgia

Comment: David Cecelski, Independent Scholar

Educating Black Women for a Variety of Roles in the Early Twentieth Century (Incubator Room)

“You See How Black I Am….Don’t Call me Aunt!”: “Mammies,” “Aunts,” and Domestic Workers in Twentieth Century America

Elizabeth Wilkins, College of Charleston

“A Door of Opportunity” for a Separate Medical Career: The Education of African American Medical Students at the Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania, 1920-1925

Vanessa Northington Gamble and Gillian T. Maguire, The George Washington University

Black Women, Education, and Racial Uplift: Re-examining the White Rose Home’s Role in Educating Black Women Migrants in New York City during the New Negro Movement

Natasha Cochran, Clark University

Comment: Cheryl Hicks, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

5:00: Keynote Address (Pleasants Family Assembly Room, Wilson Library)

Martha Biondi, Chair of African American Studies and Professor of African American Studies and History, Northwestern University

Introduced by James Leloudis, Professor of History, Associate Dean for Honors, and Director of the Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

A catered reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres will follow in the library lobby


Saturday, March 1

8:00-8:30: Breakfast

8:30-10:30: Session 4 (Concurrent Panels)

Black Activist-Educators from the New Negro Movement to Civil Rights (University Room)

Tossing Stones at an Ivory Tower: The New Negro Radical Educational Theory and Praxis of Hubert Harrison

Ousmane Power-Greene, Clark University

Continuity, Rupture, and Alternative Visions in Boston’s Struggle for Educational Equality

Daniel McClure, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

“It Was Like Putting a Diaper on a Gnat”: Kathleen Crosby, Vilma Leake, Bertha Maxwell-Roddey, Black Women Educators and Desegregation in Charlotte in the 1960s-1990s

Sonya Ramsey, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Comment: Noelle Morrissette, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Education for Citizenship in the Pre- and Post-Emancipation South (Incubator Room)

Thinking Resistance: Forging a Free Black Literary Community in Antebellum Charleston

Lindsey Batchman, University of Colorado-Boulder

A Long Hard Struggle: Black Mobilians’ Struggle for Education, Citizenship, and Freedom, 1865-1868

Hilary Green, Elizabeth City State University

A Tripartite Inquiry: African Americans’ Pursuit of Education in Late-Nineteenth Century Memphis and Rural West Tennessee, 1862-1897

Elizabeth Baddour, University of Memphis

Comment: Kabria Baumgartner, The College of Wooster

10:45-12:45: Session 5 (Concurrent Panels)

Public and Digital Histories of African American Schools and Communities (University Room)

Exploring Children’s Literature, Memory, and Microhistory

Benjamin Filene, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Digital History: Documenting and Mapping Tennessee’s African American Schools

Ken Middleton, Middle Tennessee State University

Massive Resistance to Massive Reconciliation: Finding Common Ground in the Preservation of R.R. Moton High in Prince Edward County, Virginia

Dwana Waugh, North Carolina A&T State University

Comment: W. Fitzhugh Brundage, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Black Student Activism and the Long Freedom Struggle (Incubator Room)

Race Women: New Negro Politics and the Flowering of Radicalism at Bennett College, 1900-1940

Jelani Favors, Duke University

The Radical Roots of Diversity at the University of Michigan

Matthew Johnson, Texas Tech University

“I Fought in the Wrong War”: The Vietnam War, Student Rhetoric and the Rise of Black Power at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

Lauren Mottle, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Comment: William Sturkey, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

1:00-2:45: Session 6 (Lunch provided in the University Room)

Plenary on the State of African American Studies and the Study of African American History (University Room)

Carlton Wilson, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, North Carolina Central University

Adriane Lentz-Smith, Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of History, Duke University

Dwana Waugh, Assistant Professor and History Education Coordinator, Department of History, North Carolina A&T State University

Moderated by Martha Biondi, Chair of African American Studies and Professor of African American Studies and History, Northwestern University

3:00-5:00: Session 7 (Concurrent Panels)

Radical Pedagogical Visions in African American Education (University Room)

Disentangling Black Women’s Studies, Black Studies, and Women’s Studies: The Case for a Higher Synthesis

Amber Tucker, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Unbinding the Books: Jailhouse Lawyers and the Fight for Law Libraries in North Carolina’s Prisons

Amanda Hughett, Duke University

Comment: Dana Thompson Dorsey, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Is Separate Inherently Unequal? Student Empowerment in Private and Community Schools (Incubator Room)

On Franklin Road: Students of Color and Alternative Visions of Citizenship, Community, and Education

Ruthie Yow, Yale University

When Schools Disappear: Howalton Day School and Black Private Education in Post-World War II Chicago

Worth Kamili Hayes, Tuskegee University

Boycotts and Shutdowns: Black Student Activism, Racial Violence, and Reconciliation in San Francisco Bay Area Public Schools, 1966-1970

Aaron Fountain, Winthrop University

Comment: Charles Bolton, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

5:00-5:30: Closing Comments and Presentation of the Best Paper Prize, Sponsored by the Institute of African American Research (University Room)