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October 3, 2023
4:30-6 p.m. ET
Harvard Graduate School of Education , Longfellow Hall, 13 Appian Way, Cambridge, MA, 02138, United States (Details)
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Open to public, Open to students, Open to alumni
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Forum: 4:30-6 p.m. ET

Reception and Exhibit: 6-7 p.m.

Black educators have long engaged in pedagogical practices as acts of resistance, in response to efforts to disenfranchise and dehumanize Black people. What does their activism tell us about life as a Black teacher during segregation?  How can that history enrich our understanding of Black education and Black experiences during Jim Crow and beyond, into the present? 

Join us as we explore such critically important questions with Harvard scholars Jarvis Givens and Imani Perry, the initiators of The Black Teacher Archive — a newly launched, freely available online historical resource that centralizes and makes accessible the political and intellectual contributions of black educators before 1970. In a conversation hosted by Harvard's Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, we’ll look at how the Black Teacher Archive — made possible through the contributions of nearly 70 archival repositories — offers a potentially transformative portal for understanding African American history, structural inequality, and the responsibility of educators in the pursuit of freedom and justice. And we’ll explore how the archive meets the current moment, as efforts to advance educational equity and justice often face new waves of repression.

Continue the conversation with attendees and speakers during a reception showcasing the Black Teacher Archive exhibit.


  • Jarvis Givens, RF'21, Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Imani Perry, JD'00, PhD'00, Morss Professor in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, and in African and African American Studies, Harvard University

Host: Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, AM'93, Victor S. Thomas Professor of History and of African and African American Studies, Harvard University

Welcome: Bridget Long, AM'97, PhD'00, Dean and Saris Professor of Education and Economics, Harvard Graduate School of Education