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Council of Independent Black Institutions

The Council of Independent Black Institutions (CIBI) is an umbrella organization largely composed of independent African-centered schools. It is relevant to African cultural heritage in North America in that its proponents seek to stress education from an African-centered perspective and to therein focus on African cultural values. In this entry, the history, structure, and services of CIBI are described.


The African American Teachers’ Association held a meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from April 21 to 23, 1972, during which two strategies for the education of African American children were considered. The first was the then-popular community control focus wherein parents sought to control the public schools in African American communities. The second strategy was to create independent black institutions (IBIs) and support those ...

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