This entry describes the struggle for equitable educational opportunities that has been a defining feature of the African American family experience. It describes the history of this struggle, gains in education for African American families and youth, the impact of socioeconomic status on the educational experiences of African American students, and current education concerns facing African American families.

A Brief History of African American Families and Education

Since the colonial period, education has been legally or socially restricted for African Americans. Despite these restrictions, African American families have held a strong belief in the value of education for social and economic advancement, and have played a major role in securing educational opportunities for their children. African American families helped build and maintain schools for their children and ...

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