Speak Boldly for Your Rights’: Postbellum Colored Education Conventions

By the 1860s, black teachers and education advocates had begun to design and implement state education conventions and associations to attend to issues concerning black education. Stemming from the colored men’s convention movement of the antebellum era, black education conventions brought together a host of men and women, from prominent intellectuals to the local teachers who had long gone unnoticed despite having been angled toward education-based problem-solving and organizing in black communities.