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February 20th – Talk to observe African-American History Month
February 20, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmFree
Please join us on February 20th from noon to 1 p.m. in the Level 2 Reading Room to hear a talk on The Unique Legacy of the Manual Training and Industrial School.
Writer and historian, Dr. Connie Goddard will talk about the School and its role in developing African-American youth. Borrowing freely from ideas about education articulated by Booker T. Washington, John Dewey, and W.E.B. DuBois, the Manual Training and Industrial School, Bordentown, N.J., may well have been the only state-supported boarding school for African-American students in the nation. Founded in 1886 by a group of black ministers and taken over by the state a decade later, it thrived until Brown v. Board of Education made its continued existence unconstitutional and some of its practices dated. During the first half of the 20th century though, it offered a unique educational experience that combined academics, preparation for work, and for contributions to the community.
Dr. Goddard, writer and historian of education, has a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago; she has taught history and composition at Mercer County Community College, The College of New Jersey, and two state prisons, as well as in Chicago and Romania. Her scholarly interests focus on schooling in colonial America and during the Progressive Era. Currently she is writing about the Chicago’s eminent educator and Dewey colleague Ella Flagg Young, including the latter’s intellectual and pragmatic sympathies with both Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois.
If you plan to attend this free talk, please RSVP to Cindy Warrick at email@example.com or 609-278-2640 ext. 172. For other information on events and classes at the State Library visit www.njstatelib.org.
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