“Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and the world better than you found it.” ― Marian Wright Edelman

The affect a teacher can have on the life of her student can be monumental. From instilling a love of learning and fostering a sense of self confidence, to encouraging passions and interests, a teacher’s influence can last a lifetime. For our final post in the series honoring Black History Month, this week we focus on the women who not only dedicated their lives to students but also championed the causes of civil rights and equality for African Americans.

An interview with Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children’s Defense Fund (read about the CDF’s Freedom Schools here)

President and CEO of the Learning Policy Institute, Linda Darling-Hammond

Women’s and civil rights activist and educator, Nannie Helen Burroughs

Gloria Rackley Blackwell was a teacher and civil rights activist

Charlotte Hawkins Brown and the Palmer Institute

Elizabeth Duncan Koontz was the first African-American president of the National Education Association

Teacher, poet, writer, and abolitionist, Charlotte Forten Grimké

In Alabama: Macon County native Cornelia Bowen was an alumni of the Tuskegee Institute, educator, and school founder

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@ Alabama Chanin

Explore the latest updates to our Collection here.

@ The School of Making

Seats are filling up fast for the Intro to Hand-Sewing Workshop on March 15th. Find all the details and reserve your spot here.

@ The Factory Café

Join us in the café Tuesday – Friday and enjoy bites from the cooler, on Saturdays for our classic brunch, order a take-home meals in advance here, and book a group lunch by contacting and choose from a special menu from the hot kitchen with items like The Factory Burger, quiche, salads, and our popular White BBQ Chicken and Pimento Cheese Sandwiches.

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