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Show Notes Episode 4 – The Rise of Black Homeschoolers: An Interview with Alycia Wright

A conversation about culturally relevant education, racism, and creating a space for children of color in the homeschool community.

Our hosts start off this interview by asking about Alycia’s co-op, one which she started specifically to create a space for children of color.

Alycia then talks about what led her to leave her position as a public school teacher and homeschool her children.

This leads to a discussion on the many reasons the number of homeschooling families of color is rising, including, but not limited to, the racism and inequalities seen in brick-and-mortar schools and the lack of an accurate narrative in curricula and educational materials.

A question about secular academics from Blair and a question about including ancient Africa in history from Sam bring us to a rich conversation about racism in educational materials; the importance of including the presence, contributions, and voices of people of color; and how the intentional whitewashing of history upholds white supremacy in society.

So what is working for the kids in Alycia’s co-op? Alycia talks classes, field trips, and recommends educational materials!

The impact of creating a culturally relevant education & homeschool community, why it matters and advice that might help you create the community you want & need.

Alycia talks about making intentional choices, putting in the time, getting out of your comfort zone, and growing authentic relationships; plus shares a personal and meaningful story from her childhood.

As always our show closes with a book recommendation from our guest. The books and articles mentioned in this episode are linked below. (Books are affiliate links)

Ferguson is America: Roots of Rebellion by Jamala Rogers

Classical Africa by Molefi Kete Asante

A Century of Negro Migration by Carter G. Woodson

Carter G. Woodson’s Appeal

The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter Godwin Woodson

African Americans and Homeschooling (Routledge Research in Education) by Ama Mazama
The Afrocentric Paradigm by Ama Mazama

Africa in the 21st Century (African Studies) by Ama Mazama

Kamali Academy

The Radical Self-Reliance of Black Homeschooling

The Rise of Homeschooling Among Black Families

Black Families Increasingly Choose to Homeschool Kids

Interview Guest’s Bio:

Alycia Wright, M.Ed is a former educator turned homeschooler of four. daughters with one attending public high school. She runs a cooperative for children of color in the Richmond, Virginia area. You can follow her on IG at homeschoollife_in_va where she posts about homeschool, cultural studies and activism. You can also reach out to Alycia via email at [email protected]

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