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The Dunbar Legacy: What Reformers Can Learn From the Nation's First All-Black Public High School

Liz Dwyer

What do the first black presidential Cabinet member, the first black general in the Army and several of the lawyers who argued the Brown v. Board of Education decision," all have in common? They attended the nation's first all-black public high school Paul Laurence Dunbar High in Washington, D.C. In modern times Dunbar's struggled and been called prison-like, but author Alison Stewart says reformers need to look at the schools' historical blueprint for ideas.

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  • Kris Giere

    I didn't know anything about Dunbar's history. Thanks for sharing, Liz. Though this article is just a few highlights, I want to know more. One theme that I am hearing echoed in the interview is the concepts of perseverance, community, and deep-seated belief in something greater than the individual. All of those concepts resonate with me. Thank again.