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Freedom Schools Foster Passion for Learning

  • President Carol Quillen reads to Freedom School students

    President Carol Quillen joined Davidson students and Freedom School scholars for a morning of reading and Harambee, a celebration to kick off each day of the program in a positive and high-energy way.

  • Harambee, a Kiswahili word, means “let’s pull together.” View the full-sized 360 video.

  • Davidson College student reads to Freedom Schools students

    Each summer, Davidson students help lead the literacy program, which is designed to empower children and ignite in them a passion for learning.

  • A Davidson Student works with two Freedom Schools students

    The Freedom Schools program, based on the Mississippi Freedom Summer project of 1964, was developed by the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) in 1995 to address equity issues within the U.S. education system.

  • Two Freedom Schools students work together

    The program fosters a love of reading, increased self-esteem and positive attitudes towards learning.

  • The Freedom Schools group meets together in a circle

    In 2005, Davidson College became the first institution of higher education to sponsor a Freedom Schools program.

  • President Carol Quillen joins a Freedom School student for breakfast

    Classes are held in the Ada Jenkins Center, where students receive two meals and a snack each day.

  • Freedom schools group meeting

    The schools, frequently hosted by churches, have been in the Charlotte region for more than a decade.

  • Kaneisha Gaston starts the morning with the Freedom Schools students

    This year marks the Davidson school’s 13th summer, and Davidson native Kaneisha Gaston ’13 serves as program director.

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