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The Learning Conference 2003

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Service Learning and Social Activism: SCLC's Citizenship Education Program and the U.S. Civil Rights Movement

Alma Jean Billingslea Brown.

Looking at the life choices that enabled the educator-activist, Septima Poinsett Clark, to bridge local, regional, and national movements for social change, this paper examines first the role and the history of the Citizenship Education Program (CEP) and the schools which trained and registered thousands of black voters in the south during the late 1950s and early 1960s. Examining CEP as a phenomenon emerging in specific place and time, this work also explores and re-visions the concept of service learning in relation to the program.


Alma Jean Billingslea Brown  (United States)
Associate Professor
Department of English
Spelman College

Alma Jean Billingslea Brown, a former staff member of Martin Luther King's Southern Christian Leadership Conference is Associate Professor of English at Spelman College where she teaches courses in literature, writing, and African diaspora.

  • Service learning
  • Civil rights movement
  • Citizenship education program
  • Septima Clark
  • Social activism and learning
  • Social reform and learning
Person as Subject
  • Clark, Septima Poinsett

(30 min Conference Paper, English)