This course provides a historical and social overview of the experiences of African Americans in education both historically and currently. The course will begin with historical perspectives in 19th century America and move through key historical periods in the 20th century. Students will delve into the effects of present day educational policy and practices that effect African American students in US schools with a focus on the structural factors and social contexts that influence African American schooling. Students will explore educational reforms and pedagogical approaches aimed at improving educational outcomes for African American youth. Participants in this course will conduct original research in the Memphis community.