In Detroit, Freedom Schools Offer an Alternative to City’s Struggling Education System
As Detroit’s public schools fight to stay afloat, Black families turn to a civil rights-era approach to education.
Victor Gibson teaches math to middle schoolers at the Dexter-Elmhurst Center. The retired teacher signed up to work for the Detroit Independent Freedom School Movement. Photo by Zenobia Jeffries.
After-school programs have been reduced, teachers have been laid off, and the remaining classes are overcrowded.
School conditions have been ripe in recent years for communities to organize.