An African-centered Education
Chapter 9. Back at the Sycamore Tree
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“Every second of the search is an encounter with God,” the boy told his heart. “When I have been truly searching for my treasure, every day has been luminous, because I’ve known that every hour was a part of the dream that I would find it. When I have been truly searching for my treasure, I’ve discovered things along the way that I never would have seen had I not had the courage to try things that seemed impossible for a shepherd to achieve.” (Coelho & Clarke, 1988/1993, p. 90)
The purpose of this journey was to seek an understanding of the experiences of African American young people who attended an African-centered school. Further, I sought to discover and uncover nuances that made the young people’s experiences unique to an African-centered education. The question that guided my search was this: “What are the educational experiences of African American young people who attended an African-centered school?”
In simplistic terms, the findings indicate that the young people experienced an education at the FS/MGPA that focused on four themes, but these themes had layers of complexity that were also addressed. These themes encompassed the following outcomes:
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