Resisting Racism

Race, inequality, and the Black supplementary school movement

Paperback / softback, 162 pages, 234 mm x 156 mm
15 Jul 2013
Trentham Books

Price: £23.99

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In the 1960s Black communities in the UK mobilised against the discrimination and inequality their children experienced in mainstream schooling, setting up Black supplementary school projects where the deficits in educational provision could be rectified. Almost fifty years of Black supplementary schools, organised on a volunteer basis by parents, teachers, churches and community groups, are brought to life in this book.

This is the first comprehensive account of the Black supplementary school movement. It charts the historical development of the movement; explores the different ideologies that emerged; examines the importance and conceptions of Blackness; and looks at the relationship to mainstream schools and the prospects for the future of Black supplementary education.

It is essential reading for everyone who is interested in overcoming racism in education and in sociological and policy responses to racism generally. All those involved in improving the educational experiences of discriminated against groups should read this book.

  • Kehinde Andrews

    Dr Kehinde Andrews is Senior Lecturer in Working with Children, Young People, and Families, and Criminology, at Newman University.

CONTENTS: Acknowledgements; About the author; Introduction: Why Black supplementary schools?; PART ONE: The Black supplementary school movement; 1. Researching the movement; 2. The role of Blackness; 3. The organization and philosophies of supplementary schools; 4. Mainstream educational discourse in the official projects; 5. The self-help challenge to the mainstream school system; PART TWO: The Lumumba School Study; 6. Researching the Lumumba School; 7. The Lumumba Saturday School: An ethnographic study; 8. Lessons from the Lumumba; Conclusion: Resisting Racism; Appendix; References; Index

Those interested in racial equality, education, organising and community building will find both inspiration and insight in this important book.

Dr Rob Berkeley, Director, Runnymede Trust

This is a major contribution to the field that extends our appreciation of the challenges that education faces from racism in the twenty-first century.’

Dame Jocelyn Barrow, DBE,

‘The elegance of this work by Kehinde Andrews is demonstrated by the skilful way in which he has opened our understanding to the dynamic nature and the development of the Black supplementary school movement. The book highlights the role that Black supplementary schools play in combating inequalities in education and in ensuring success for Black children in mainstream schooling. This is an essential read for all committed to the goal of education for all.’

Dr Keith Davidson, Management and Leadership Practitioner and education author