NEH Summer Institute for Teachers 2023

Harlem's Education Movements: Changing the Civil Rights Narrative

  • Dates: July 17–28, 2023
  • Host Institution:  Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Harlem, New York
  • Location: Virtual (July 17–21); In-Person (July 24–28)
  • Application Deadline: March 3, 2023
  • Stipend: $2,200

See eligibility requirements here.
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Drawing on the rich resources of the Schomburg Center, the Harlem community, and new scholarship, this two-week virtual institute expands the typical Civil Rights Movement narrative by focusing on struggles for educational opportunities in Harlem. From the perspective of these events, a new story emerges: a movement often led by women; a movement employing a wider range of political frameworks—including, but not limited to integrationism—in the struggle for access to and equity in schooling; a movement as strongly situated in the North as in the South; and a movement that sought rich educational experiences, not just formal schooling.   

This institute will admit 25 teachers of grades 6–12.


Stefan Bradley
Ashley Farmer
Frank Guridy
Marta Gutman
Charles Payne
Brian Purnell
Russell Rickford
Vanessa K. Valdés


Ansley Erickson, Associate Professor and Co-Director, Center on History and Education, Teachers College
Brian Jones, Associate Director of Education, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, NYPL

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Harlem's Education Movements: Changing the Civil Rights Narrative has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this institute do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Democracy demands wisdom.