Educating Harlem, a project of Teachers College, Columbia University, to Host “Education and Class in Harlem: A Historic Overview of The Modern School” Pioneer of Progressive Education in Harlem and one of the few Secular, Independent Schools in New York Serving Black Children.
Cosponsored with Barnard College’s Harlem Semester and While We’re Still Here, the day-long event will focus on the independent, private school that operated in Harlem’s Sugar Hill neighborhood from the 1930s through the 1990s, including oral history interviews and gathering of archive materials
Alumni of The Modern School, a renowned private school that operated in Harlem’s Sugar Hill district from 1934 to 1999, will gather for “Education and Class in Harlem: A Historic Overview of The Modern School,” a historic reunion and celebration of their storied, progressive alma mater, featuring a panel discussion from 9:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., Friday, April 21 at Teachers College, Columbia University, Room 138 Horace Mann, 525 West 120th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue, Manhattan.
The panel, “Private Education and Black Harlem: A Retrospective Discussion (1934-1999),” consists of moderator Victoria Horsford and discussants:
· Melanie Edwards, daughter of the Modern School’s founder, Mildred Johnson Edwards and granddaughter of J. Rosamond Johnson, composer of “Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sing”
· Deidre Bennett Flowers, Ph.D, alumna and Teachers College doctoral candidate
· Robert North, D.D.S., alumnus
· Daniel Perlstein, Ph.D., educational historian and associate professor at the University of California at Berkeley
· Bruce Addington Williams, Jr., M.S., M.A., OTR/L, alumnus
Led by project co-director, Ansley Erikson, Ph.D., the event provides opportunities for The Modern School alumni to record oral histories for the Educating Harlem Digital Collection, a project of the Institute for Urban Minority Education (IUME) at Teachers College dedicated to digitizing sources and materials related to Harlem’s educational history. Alumni of The Modern School have been encouraged to bring and donate archival material to be digitized and added to the Educating Harlem Digital Collection at Teachers College.
EVENT: Education and Class in Harlem: A Historic Overview of The Modern School,” A panel discussion and oral history and archive gathering with The Modern School Alumni; Educating Harlem Digital Collection;
Teachers College, Columbia University; The Harlem Semester, Barnard College; And While We Are Still Here
SCHEDULE: Friday, April 21, 2017 – Welcome and panel discussion 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
LOCATION: Teachers College, Columbia University,
138 Horace Mann
525 West 120th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue, Manhattan
The event is cosponsored by Educating Harlem, the Harlem Semester project at Barnard College, and While We Are Still Here, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the history of 409 and 555 Edgecombe Avenue in the Sugar Hill section of Harlem. Educating Harlem, staffed by Teachers College students, offers published and unpublished archival documents and oral histories alongside interpretive exhibits. Its first group of digitized material emphasizes the experiences and work of students in Harlem schools in the 1960s and 1970s.