Speaking many languages and hailing from over 100 countries at the School District’s last count, the immigrant and refugee families who have come to Philadelphia in recent years create vi/pant cultural diversity in our schools.
While all children in Philadelphia are entitled to receive the same quality of education regardless of where they or their parents were born, there are many barriers to complete access. This prevents students, families, and teachers from making the most of our strong multicultural community.
In 1967, African American students all across the nation’s college campuses were shutting down classes and sitting in administration offices to demand Black Studies and the recognition from university faculties that history is not synonymous with the doings and viewpoints of white Europeans.
The students were part of a broader movement for “Black Power”– for an end to the exclusion of African Americans from those institutions that control their lives.