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Graduation Year


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Humanities: Interdisciplinary Studies in Culture

Second Department

Africana Studies

Reader 1

David K. Roselli

Reader 2

Maryan Soliman

Reader 3

Derik J. Smith

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In a comparative analysis of grassroots and non-profit education programs in the Civil Rights and Black Liberation eras, I discuss questions around organizational structure, pedagogical theory, and instructional methods through the lens of various alternatives to mainstream education aimed at improving the experiences and conditions of Black people in America. I argue that community control is necessary for liberatory education, and explore the different possible meanings of both community and control in order to more deeply understand how community control can and should be practiced in education. In addition, I identify a few pedagogical paradigms and practices that cultivate long-term movements toward community control.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.