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Exchange Exemplar: Two shining examples of the value of education in America

It wasn't just that some Americans did not believe in educating Black people; they did not think Black Americans COULD be educated.

This is back when slavery was still in place in half the country. New York City was home to the African Free School system, and two boys from that system grew up to push for far greater educational opportunities.

Henry Highland Garnet and James McUne Smith are the headliners in a book by Anna Mae Duane, Educated for Freedom: The Incredible Story of Two Fugitive Schoolboys Who Grew Up to Change a Nation.

Their challenge to educational hierarchy and orthodoxy, and to each other's ideas, is discussed in this interview from 2020.

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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily talk show focused on news and interests across our region of Southern Oregon and Northern California. Angela Decker is the senior producer, Charlie Zimmermann is the assistant producer, and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.