Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Dunbar High School's history (DC history IX)

Thanks to this tweet by the Ward Five Council on Education, I read John Thompson's Alison Stewart's History of D.C.'s Dunbar High School and Its Future.

Alison Stewart's First Class is the history of the rise and fall of Washington D.C.'s elite Dunbar High School. It tells a story that cannot be ignored if we really believe that school improvement can be the civil rights movement of the 21st century.

Stewart tells the powerful story of Dunbar's inspiring role in "a national movement for justice and citizenship." Dunbar's educators made the best of the demeaning and cruel Jim Crow system. Their achievements were "stunning." Graduates of Dunbar led the legal fight against de jure segregation and pioneered world class innovations in medicine, scholarship, art and music. One eminent Dunbar graduate after another, often after earning doctorates from prestigious universities, returned to build an incredible learning institution.

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