AFRO News on Education: Celebrating 130 Years of a Worthwhile Journey
by Fatih Belfakir,
Since its founding in 1892, AFRO America’s newspaper He has strongly believed in the role of education as the key to eradicating racism and transforming the lives of African Americans. AFRO reporters have covered a variety of stories related to education, including school segregation and funding. experienced and qualified educators; academic success, black student achievement, and limited educational resources for socially excluded communities, to name a few.
The road was bumpy in times of oppression, but AFRO News has taken pride and determination in leading the black community to a better destination with equal educational opportunity.
Myrtle Webb, Ed.D., 79, former teacher and principal who specializes in education and curriculum development, has published articles related to school segregation, black teachers, and African-American student performance. , AFRO witnessed the evolution of American newspapers. Webb recalls coverage of educational topics in the black community, such as the Brown v. Board of Education and Ruby Nell Bridges cases that marked the end of the era of legalized school segregation in the United States.
“There have been countless stories related to education, both nationally and regionally, reported to AFRO. American Newspapers Over the Years. “AFRO News Opposed School Quarantine.”
“It always honors and references the victories of black students and activists who are doing great work, but may not get the attention they need in the white press,” she continued. rice field.
Reading an AFRO News article about Morgan State University means something else to Webb. While he was at Webb College, he experienced racism firsthand. She recalls that Morgan’s students protested the fact that she was not allowed to participate in the show inside the Northwood cinema in 1963. Many of Webb’s friends were among her 300-plus students who were arrested for trying to enter the building.
“I’m so happy to see AFRO News cover the article about demolishing and rebuilding Morgan State University. The center reopened last week as the now wonderful Northwood Commons,” said Webb.
AFRO News has come a long way, but the journey isn’t over yet. AFRO’s role in the development of educational institutions and policies for African American students has never been more important.
Black students are clearly overrepresented in special education, in addition to gaps in their performance and performance data compared to their counterparts.
of AFRO is compelled to continue its positivity and commitment to schools. Deeper, more complex stories are told, stereotypes are challenged, and truths are revealed.
Students, educators, families, and policy makers in the African American community need to have a voice and presence in improving the educational experience for black students and developing equitable education policies.
Still, in 2022, AFRO is still at the forefront of addressing education issues. As the coronavirus pandemic shuts down school systems around the world, AFRO was reporting on the shift to distance learning, the mental health of an isolated student, and concerns about her COVID-19 transmission in the classroom.
The coverage included testimonials of black students in airless buildings and black coaches who appropriately modified physical education courses for online platforms.
For 130 years, AFRO has investigated the issues of black education, highlighted its victories, and explored its defeats.
“If you take AFRO News out of the equation, there’s no presence for us at all. No one will document black history in terms of education and opportunity,” Webb said.
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