First Class by Alison Stewart audiobook

First Class: The Legacy of Dunbar, America’s First Black Public High School

By Alison Stewart
Foreword by Melissa Harris-Perry , read by Adenrele Ojo
Read by Alison Stewart

Blackstone Publishing 9781613740095

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781665011648

  • ISBN: 9781665011631

  • ISBN: 9781665011655

Runtime: 11.84 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/History
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Dunbar High School in Washington, DC, defied the odds and, in the process, changed America.

In the first half of the twentieth century, Dunbar was an academically elite public school, despite being racially segregated by law and existing at the mercy of racist congressmen who held the school’s purse strings. These enormous challenges did not stop the local community from rallying for the cause of educating its children.

Dunbar attracted an extraordinary faculty: one early principal was the first black graduate of Harvard, almost all the teachers had graduate degrees, and several earned PhDs—all extraordinary achievements given the Jim Crow laws of the times. Over the school’s first eighty years, these teachers developed generations of highly educated, high-achieving African Americans, groundbreakers that included the first black member of a presidential cabinet, the first black graduate of the US Naval Academy, the first black army general, the creator of the modern blood bank, the first black state attorney general, the legal mastermind behind school desegregation, and hundreds of educators.

By the 1950s, Dunbar High School was sending 80 percent of its students to college. Today, as with too many troubled urban public schools, the majority of Dunbar students struggle with reading and math. Journalist and author Alison Stewart, whose parents were both Dunbar graduates, tells the story of the school’s rise, fall, and path toward resurgence as it looks to reopen its new, state-of-the-art campus in the fall of 2013.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Drawing on interviews with alumni, teachers, and students, Stewart recalls the storied history of Dunbar, its part in the tumultuous politics of the D.C. school system, and current efforts to reconstruct the school and revive its former glory. A fascinating account of the legacy of a legendary school.” Booklist
“A well-reported, passionate study of the triggers for failure and success within American urban education.” Kirkus Reviews
“A gifted journalist, Alison Stewart tells this remarkable story with depth and insight.” Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize–winning author
“What an amazing story—what a great book.” Rachel Maddow
“Stewart will convince you that there’s cause for hope, and that the school’s brightest days may still be ahead.” President Bill Clinton

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Author

Author Bio: Alison Stewart

Author Bio: Alison Stewart

Alison Stewart is an award-winning journalist whose twenty-year career includes anchoring and reporting for NPR, NBC News, ABC News, and CBS News. She got her start covering politics for MTV News. Stewart is a graduate of Brown University.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 11.84
Audience: Adult
Language: English