African Free Schools presents re-enactments of the most important speech in African-American history so that today's learners may embrace the power of language as a force for change.  The goal of these summer institutes is to inspire improvements in reading proficiency and student outcomes by presenting Underground Grammar, the extraordinary proficiency of the graduates of the earliest African-American schools as writers, orators and thinkers, and the "sacred texts" of black history written contemporaneously by distinguished scholars independent of outside influences.


Rev. William H. Lamar IV pastor of Metropolitan A.M.E. Church on July 7 at 11 a.m. at 15th Street Presbyterian, 1701 R

Rev. Herbert Daughtry, National Presiding Minister of the House of Our Lord Churches, July 13 at 10 a.m. at the African Burial Ground National Memorial, African Free School sites, Hamilton Grange and Grant's Tomb.

Barbara Applebaum, Chief of Interpretation of Manhattan Sites of National Park Service

Donald Stanko, Lead Ranger, Grant's Tomb

Dr. Joyce King, Immediate Past President, American Educational Research Association

Tamam Tracy Moncur, Author Diary of an Inner City Teacher, leader of the 1963 United San Francisco Freedom Movement