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Published in The Negro Educational Review, 58:1-2 (2007), pp. 23-34. Copyright 2007 NER; published by Florida A&M University.


During the early 1970s, scholars, parents, and educators began a campaign for schooling experiences that were culturally affirming for Black children. This community of concerned individuals vested their energy and support in schools that subscribed to a worldview and ideology of education that focused on enriching the holistic development of children. The product of these efforts is known as the African centered school movement. To capture how African centered schooling has striven to awaken and invoke the natural genius of Black students, I focus my discussion on the history as well as the ideology and pedagogy of the African centered school movement. Additionally, I provide examples of exemplary African centered schools and present some challenges and threats to these types of schools.