WBAI-FM Upcoming Program
Talk Out of School

Sat, Oct 23, 2021 1:00 PM

A CONVERSATION W/ DR. SAM ANDERSON - COMMUNITY CONTROL

Daniel Alicea will sit down with Dr. Sam (S.E) Anderson about the decades-long struggle to give communities greater control over school governance of New York City public schools. We will discuss the turning point of the Ocean Hill-Brownsville strikes and protests of 1968.  We will also look at the present-day struggle to end the 2 decades of mayoral control of New York City Schools.

S. E. Anderson is an activist-teacher-writer native of Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy. He has recently taught at NYU’s Gallatin School. He was for five years, the Education Director at Medgar Evers College’s Center for Law & Social Justice.

S. E. Anderson was one of the founding members of the Black Panther Party as well as an activist within the Student Nonviolent Committee (SNCC) and the Black Arts Movement of the Sixties. He became one of the first Black Studies directors in 1969 when he was hired to chair Sarah Lawrence College’s Black Studies program. He has been an activist since the 1960's within various organizations and struggles. S. E. Anderson was also a founding member of the Black Student Congress, African Heritage Studies Association, African Liberation Support Committee, The Black New York Action Committee, Black Liberation Press, The New York Algebra Project.

He has been active with Black New Yorkers for Educational Excellence (BNYEE), the Independent Commission on Public Education in NYC (ICOPE), The National Black Education Agenda (NBEA), The Coalition for Public Education (CPE-CEP) and The Black Left Unity Network. 

He is a founding Board of Trustees member of The Malcolm X Museum, and was -for several years- a member of the Board of Directors of the now closed Brecht Forum.

S. E. Anderson has taught mathematics, science and Black History courses at Queens College, Sarah Lawrence College, SUNY at Old Westbury College, Rutgers University and the New School University as well as CCNY & Queens Colleges’ Centers for Worker Ed. He has also spent many years working within the anti-apartheid movement and for various African Liberation struggles. He is currently doing national and international education consulting work with a particular focus on developing Africa Diaspora’s Math and Science curriculum. He is also a math/science/Black History consultant within the African American education community from public schools to the university.

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