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Educational Reconstruction$
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Hilary Green

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823270118

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823270118.001.0001

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Shifting Strategies

Shifting Strategies

Black Richmonders’ Quest for Quality Public Schools

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(p.107) 5 Shifting Strategies
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Educational Reconstruction
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Hilary Green

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823270118.003.0006

This chapter explores how black Richmonders redefined their activism beyond mere access and legitimacy with a series of quality school campaigns. Black Richmonders achieved success in some areas of the multi-pronged struggle while encountering setbacks in others over the course of the decade. Throughout, they never lost sight on their mission that began after emancipation, but they now focused on making the public schools into enduring institutions instrumental for sustaining African American citizenship. By shifting strategies, this chapter argues that black Richmonders merely refined their educational networks in order to cope with new partners and new challenges. As a result, “Redemption” contributed to the expansion rather than the demise of the African American schoolhouse in Richmond.

Keywords:   African American public schools, citizenship, quality school campaigns, Redemption

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