Transforming the Elite - Author talk with Michelle A. Purdy @ The Potter's House, Washington [8 November]

Transforming the Elite - Author talk with Michelle A. Purdy


105
08
November
18:30 - 20:00

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The Potter's House
1658 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20009
When traditionally white public schools in the South became sites of massive resistance in the wake of the Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education decision, numerous white students exited the public system altogether, with parents choosing homeschooling or private segregationist academies. But some historically white elite private schools opted to desegregate. The black students that attended these schools courageously navigated institutional and interpersonal racism but ultimately emerged as upwardly mobile leaders. Transforming the Elite tells this story. Focusing on the experiences of the first black students to desegregate Atlanta's well-known The Westminster Schools and national efforts to diversify private schools, Michelle A. Purdy combines social history with policy analysis in a dynamic narrative that expertly re-creates this overlooked history.

Through gripping oral histories and rich archival research, this book showcases educational changes for black southerners during the civil rights movement including the political tensions confronted, struggles faced, and school cultures transformed during private school desegregation. This history foreshadows contemporary complexities at the heart of the black community's mixed feelings about charter schools, school choice, and education reform.

The Potter’s House is accessible for all mobility devices. There are no stairs for entry or throughout the space. Our bathrooms are gender neutral, one of which has a changing table. If you have any questions or needs regarding accessibility, please feel free to reach out to Grace at [email protected]
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