Ebonics in Education

Committee members heard testimony concerning the role of Ebonics, or African-American Vernacular English, in educating African-American… read more

Committee members heard testimony concerning the role of Ebonics, or African-American Vernacular English, in educating African-American students. The Oakland school board originally passed a resolution which seemed to call for education of students in Ebonics as a first language and later revised it to call for the recognition of Ebonics as a bridge to learning standard English. The witnesses included several representatives of the Oakland school district as well as the originator of the term, “Ebonics,” and several other language experts. The testimony focused on whether Ebonics is a language, vernacular, dialect or grammatically incorrect English, whether it is the best way for African-Americans to learn standard English and whether the program should receive federal funds. close

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  • Amos Brown Chair National Baptist Convention, USA->Civil Rights
  • Toni Cook Member Oakland, CA->School Board
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Program ID:
78237-1
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Senate Committee
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Senate Committee
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Jan 23, 1997
Last Aired:
Jan 27, 1997

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  • Jan 23, 1997 | 10:00am EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Jan 23, 1997 | 8:57pm EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Jan 24, 1997 | 12:00am EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Jan 24, 1997 | 7:04am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Jan 26, 1997 | 6:50pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Jan 27, 1997 | 3:07am EST | C-SPAN 2
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