How The Legacy Of Dunbar High Could Reform Public Schools: Alison Stewart
In her new book, Dunbar’s Legacy: The Story of America’s First Black Public High School, Stewart chronicles the rise and fall of the school, as well as discussing its possible resurgence. Relying on years of award-winning journalistic experience, she tells the story of education reform, school desegregation, and life in black D.C. through the lens of Dunbar High students and teachers. "It produced all the great glass ceiling breakers," she points out. Dunbar was once a school ahead of its time; the school thrived even when segregation and Jim Crow laws made that a difficult task. Today, its problems mirror those of many other crippled public schools across the country. Examining where Dunbar went right, and, where it went wrong, could be instrumental in drafting board-wide educational reform.
In her keynotes, Stewart takes audiences through Dunbar's history: From a top-notch academic center to a place where half of its students don't even graduate. She shows the school's victories, and downfalls, to create a platform for discussing how they plan to revamp the institution. To have Alison Stewart speak at your next conference or event, contact The Lavin Agency.