In Pursuit of Knowledge
This event is hosted by Northeastern's Department of History, Northeastern Humanities Center, and Northeastern's Department of Cultures, Societies and Global Studies
Most people learn about school desegregation through the 1954 landmark court case, Brown v. Board of Education or the story of Ruby Bridges in New Orleans or the Little Rock Nine in Arkansas. A century before that, young Black women and girls in the North led the fight for equal school rights—the right of all to a quality education on an equal and inclusive basis.
In this talk, Kabria Baumgartner describes how the activism of these young women reshaped public education in and around the Northeast, especially Massachusetts. In spotlighting the long struggle for Black educational justice, Baumgartner's scholarship reminds us of our collective obligation to democratize public education today.
12:00pm - 1:00pm