"For me, the most important lesson
[of the Freedom Movement] is that by respecting the fact that fellow activists could passionately disagree over strategy and tactics—yet remain allies—they strengthened SNCC and the Movement as a whole."
From Bruce Hartford's article in the current issue of Urban Habitat.
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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Free Minds, Free People

this is a work in progress!!!

Chicago Conference on Popular Education, June 21-24, at Little Village High School

Sylvia, Sande and I went to this conference to participate on a panel on freedom schools: then and now. Below are some of my notes from the conference:

Friday Morning

Plenary: A brief history of Little Village High School, located in the Southwest part of town (mixed industrial/residential). School board promised a school in this area, then reneged on their promise. So at "Camp Cesar Chavez," the community rallied for a 19 day hunger strike and forced the city to build a beautiful new building divided into four small schools: World Languages; Social Justice; Multicultural Arts; and Math, Science and Technology.

We then saw a 5 minute video about the creation of the Chicago Freedom School which is being launched this summer. After the video, three youth spoke of what CFS was all about:
• to collaborate with like-minded people (social justice)
• build youth leadership
• establish a sense of community and urgency for action
• a place where youth can learn in a holistic approach what they will actually use: "how many times have you sat in a classroom and said, 'we are never going to use this'!!!!"

Charles Payne spoke briefly: This conference is about what we have in common
--- we are tired of underfunded schools that hold young people in contempt

1 comment:

Carl said...

This is good what the people did, they protested and fought for schools to be built. This was a good idea because schools are important for the youths.