Black Culture Leadership Institute

Student at work

BCLI workshops are facilitated by leaders, teacher and professionals who live and/or work in the Africana community. They are selected in part because they seek to understand the "going-ons" of the Africana community through the eyes of the members of that community. They are also selected because they ground their work within an scholarly and/or research framework. This way students working in these communities, be it through activism, civic efforts, service learning or otherwise, are better able to do their work in a way that merges with the perspective of the communities in which they are working.

All students are invited. BCLI should be thought of as a learning, training and potentially testing ground for those who are very serious about doing impacting and sustainable work in the Black Community, regardless of color or background. 

Each institute module will consist of six-90 minute sessions.  Sessions are dynamic and may involve, lecturettes, background reading/information, multi-media presentations, dialogues, debates and even field trips.  There is no work done outside of the workshop dynamic, therefore these workshops will not affect student's school-work.  

Each institute has a limit of 15 participants.  Participants are asked to attend all sessions and to register for an institute with this in mind.  If you wish to register for an institute please contact Bonnie at x8456.

Two sessions will be offered this spring: Media Portrayals of African Americans, and Mjumbe Writers Workshop.


Brown v. Board of Education: Legacies and Lessons

Wednesdays from January 28 - March 4, 2009; 4:30 - 6pm

Black Culture Center - Second Floor Classroom

Segregated schools were, and are, inferior schools: we still haven't fixed them, fifty years after Brown v. Board of Education, and the inferior education they provided, then and now, helps explain the pervasive achievement gap between today's black and white students. -Barack Obama, March 18, 2008

The Supreme Court decision of Brown v. Board of Education represents one of the most pivotal moments in US history. Marking the reversal of the Court's earlier decision of Plessy v. Ferguson and arguably the inaugural moment of the Civil Rights Movement, Brown also signaled a shift in educational and social policy in the United States. In this BCLI workshop, we will examine the historical and current ramifications of this landmark decision and consider its legacies and lessons.

Date Workshop Topic
Jan 28 Brown 101 : A Brief Introduction to the Cases and the Decision that Changed a Nation
Feb 4 : The Supreme Court, Social Science, and Social Justice: The Clarks' Doll Test
Feb 11 : "With All Deliberate Speed:" A Case Study of School Desegregation in New Orleans
Feb 18 : Still Separate and Unequal: Urban Education and School Funding
Feb 25 : The Achievement Gap: Examining Persistent Disparities in Educational Attainment
Mar 4 Education : The New Site of Struggle for Civil Rights

Limited to first 15 attendees

Kristine S. Lewis, Ph.D, is Assistant Professor of Multicultural and Urban Education in the School of Education at Drexel University. Her scholarly research interests include student activism, college student development, and race and ethnicity in higher education.