Red, Black, and Brown: Indian Schools and Black Educators after Brown v. Board of Education
Khalil Anthony Johnson Jr., Ph.D. Candidate, Department of American Studies and African American Studies, Yale University, and Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Fellow, SAR
Colloquium, SAR Boardroom
Wednesday, July 11, 2012, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free
In the wake of “massive resistance” to the Supreme Court’s 1954 Brown decision, hundreds of African Americans migrated to Indian country to work as teachers in reservation schools. This migration narrative ruptures the divide between twentieth-century black and Indian history by connecting the educational history of both groups to shed new light on a long and common struggle for civil rights in the United States. This presentation will provide a broad overview of this history and offers intimate insights into the lives of these black educators and the Native communities with which they worked.