Diary of a Harlem Schoolteacher

Diary of a Harlem Schoolteacher

Diary of a Harlem Schoolteacher

Diary of a Harlem Schoolteacher

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When I begin to talk about the changes that must occur in the black community if we are to survive, I often wonder whether the message I'm trying to deliver gets through at all. More often than not, it seems to me, people have a way of turning themselves off, pretending that what I'm talking about doesn't exist, or that if it does, it is happening to someone else.

I'd like to suggest that I'm not going about the country talking, preaching, ranting and raving about revolution, conflict, and violence. Rather, I'd like to have us become concerned with a redefinition--a new kind of strategy and a different kind of concern about the black community in this country.

Most of us, I'm sure, have had the occasion recently to hear and read about our schools--particularly those in Ocean Hill-Brownsville--in the newspapers, magazines, and other media. Very obviously, what comes across in the mass media has to be censored, so that the masses of the people are left . . .

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