Educating rural African Americans in pre-brown decision America: one-room school education in Hardin county, Kentucky 1941-1954, 2011

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Educating rural African Americans in pre-brown decision America: one-room school education in Hardin county, Kentucky 1941-1954, 2011
Hill, Etta J.
Contributor to Resource:
Bradley, Josephine B.
Young, James
Twining, Mary
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Degrees, Academic
Dissertations, Academic
United States, Georgia, Fulton County, Atlanta, 33.749, -84.38798
Degree Type: dissertation
Degree Name: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Date of Degree: 2011
Granting Institution: Clark Atlanta University
Department/ School: School of Arts and Sciences
This study investigated the impact of rural, one-room, African-American schools on the educational experiences and racial consciousness of African-American children and adults in two Hardin County, Kentucky communities during the period of segregation. Objectives of the study were: (1) to identify one-room school educational activities. (2) to identify expressions of African Consciousness and characteristics (concept included characteristics of African Identity and Culture) that enabled African-American children to develop survival skills required for life in America, and (3) to identify the communal and cultural activities that supported the one-room school children. The researcher found evidence that African Consciousness and African identity and culture were apparent in school and community activities. The rural citizens were aware of their black identity and they shared information about the positive accomplishments of black people with each other. Traditions, practices, and customs that affirmed worth, dignity and integrity were passed on in the communities; furthermore, they helped each other learn the traditions. Racial oppression was resisted in the communities. Cultural activities were provided by the schools and the communities in mutually beneficial endeavors. Exploration of the education provided to rural African Americans before the Brown decision was significant for several reasons. First, it allowed an examination of an under-researched segment of the American educational system. Second, African Americans, including the researcher, who were part of the segregated educational system were able to give their own descriptions and interpretations of their educational experiences. Third, positive interactions and supports that promoted student survival in the segregated system were identified.
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