The Tyree Scott Freedom School is an intensive alternative education program (about 7 days in Summer, 3 days in Winter) where youth, ages ranging from 15 to 21, explore the roots of poverty, institutional racism, the prison industrial complex, civil rights history, and community organizing strategies. Participants can expect to participate in interactive activities, watch clips and presentations, hear from guest speakers, attend field trips, and take tours of historic areas. The Summer Freedom School often culminates in a presentation to city officials at Seattle City Hall. Freedom School alumni are activists in their high schools, colleges and communities here in Seattle and around the country. At the Freedom School, youth learned The TSFS began in 2001 and just completed its 21st run in Winter 2012.
Freedom School is held every summer and winter and is free to attend.
In 2008, Freedom School was the recipient of the City of Seattle Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Award.
The Tyree Scott Freedom School carries on the tradition of the legacies of the Freedom Schools held in Mississippi during the summer of 1964. Civil Rights organizations and activists came to together to create a system of 41 Freedom Schools designed to educate black youth about the Freedom Movement, inspire them to get involved, and encourage them to register to vote. The curriculum provided youth with the opportunity to learn about black history and their local history, develop their core academic and critical thinking skills, as well as learn to become leaders and activists themselves.
Freedom School applications will be available one month in advance. For more information about Freedom School, contact Dustin Washington at DWashington@afsc.org.