Professor Cally Waite gives Keynote Address in the United Kingdom

| March 1, 2013

Associate Professor of History and Education and program coordinator, Professor Cally Waite, recently gave the Keynote Lecture at the United Kingdom’s annual History of Education Society meeting at the University of Winchester. This year’s conference theme was “Rulers, Rebels, and Reformers,” and Professor Waite’s talk, entitled, “Rebels by Design: The Historically Black College and University in the United States” was decidedly apropos. The conference occurred from November 30th to December 2nd, 2012.

Professor Waite’s keynote discussed how HBCU’s were, by their very existence, institutions of rebelling with a distinct purpose to reform American society. HBCU’s provided literacy education to a group that had been denied access to schooling for over 300 years, and Professor Waite detailed how regardless of teaching method or curriculum, the purpose of these schools was to prepare the freedmen for newfound citizenship. In addition, Professor Waite explained how extending the rights of citizenship to 6 million formerly enslaved people undoubtedly changed America’s political, economic, and social structures.

For more about the UK’s History of Education Society, visit their website here.