The Center for Race and Public Education in the South


The Center for Race and Public Education in the South (CRPES) conducts and supports empirical research on a variety of issues that lie at the intersection of race, education, and schooling in the southern United States. CRPES advances research that illuminates the causes, consequences, and potential means of ameliorating disparities in African American youth's educational experiences and achievement. This interdisciplinary center will bring together education scholars from history, psychology, philosophy, and sociology to investigate the many facets of these disparities. Learn more about our work.


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The Latest from CRPES


Engagement Project Brings Police and Students Together to Better Understand Each Other

The Youth, Blue & U Project created by Dr. Brian Williams brings police & students together to better understand each other.

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Research on Students with Interrupted Formal Education Offers Insight into Student Needs Post-COVID

Dr. Chris Chang-Bacon discusses what immigrant youth can teach us about school, post-COVID.

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Educating for Democracy

Dr. Johari Harris and Dr. Derrick Alridge join UVA's Lifetime Learning podcast to discuss Educating for Democracy curriculum.

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In The Media


  • CBS19 News

    The recently released Educating for Democracy Curriculum highlighted as a "'toolkit' to help teachers discuss racial injustice in the classroom".

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  • The Daily Progress

    Charlottesville Freedom School highlighted in "Freedom School gave area students a voice on issues this summer".

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  • Urban Education

    Dr. Johari Harris co-authors article entitled "'Sometimes I Wish I Was a Girl, ’Cause They Do Shit Like Cry': An Exploration Into Black Boys’ Thinking About Emotions".

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  • Online Forum: Black Perspectives

    Dr. Alridge pens article entitled "On Education and African American Intellectual History" in online forum entitled "What is African American Intellectual History?".

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  • Op-Ed: Richmond Times Dispatch

    Professor Derrick Alridge highlighted in Richmond Times Dispatch with op-ed "Charlottesville was latest battlefield in the long struggle for equality".

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  • Education Post

    Professor Derrick Alridge pens blog post entitled "We Cannot Go Another Month Without Teachers Knowing Black History".

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