Black History Fact Of The Day: John Berry Meachum & The Steamboat Library

John Berry MeachumJohn Berry Meachum, former slave and reverend, was dedicated to the education of Black people. During his lifetime, it was illegal for Black people to learn how to read and write. Despite this known legality, Reverend Meachum built a steamboat that housed a library. His steamboat was docked in St. Louis in the Mississippi River. On his boat he taught Black people literacy.

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Educating Black Students According To Their Own Psychology: Gary Byrd Interviews Dr. Amos Wilson (1988)

Dr. Amos Wilson discusses: Education, oppression creating an immature mind, social institutions and their relationship to Black people, how education can make you dumb, the education necessary for Black students, the role of the Black teacher, the reason for the high dropout rate, how the ultimate consumer is created, the necessity of thinking skills and listen skills in the curriculum, and more.

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