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Bachelor of Arts
This paper investigates the social conditions that influenced the creation of BUILD Academy as well as the long-term meaning that BUILD held for some members of the community.
In 1968, a struggle that ensued at Buffalo Public School #48 set the stage for a massive effort to reform the city’s educational system. School administrators decided to transfer a well respected black teacher who was hired to work in a third grade classroom. As a result of their displeasure, parents and community members organized a boycott in which they refused to send their children to school. Following that boycott, the education committee of Buffalo’s Black Power organization--BUILD (Build, Unity, Independence, Liberty and Dignity)--entered into negotiations with the Board of Education and The State Teacher’s College at Buffalo to formally establish BUILD Academy in 1969.
Griffin, Domonique, "The Making & Memories of BUILD Academy: The Rise of a Black Community School in Buffalo During the Late 1960s". Senior Theses, Trinity College, Hartford, CT 2017.
Trinity College Digital Repository, https://digitalrepository.trincoll.edu/theses/619