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Black Community School
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Eddie's determination that his children should share the songs and the language of Mer, drove him to establish the first Black Community School in Australia in 1973.

Before this, school had always been the place where black children learned white culture and lost their own.

The community school was based in Townsville and Mabo became its Director.

Even when pregnant, and caring for six children, Bonita Mabo played a major role at the school, while Koiki sought students and funding, and fended off attacks from the local media.
Black Community School Manifesto
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1973-1985
Black Community School, Black Community School, education, manifesto, multiculturalism, Townsville
...coming home with tears in their eyes...
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Black Community School, Black Community School, education, Mabo family, racism, Townsville
...only a handful of black teachers...
Audio and Image
1973
James Cook University, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Townsville
...There is a fear...
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1973-1985
Black Community School, Black Community School, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Townsville
Mabo with BCS bus
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1973-1985
Mabo, Edward Koiki
The Best Of Two Cultures
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1973-1985
Black Community School, cultural preservation, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Meriam culture, multiculturalism
Homesick
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1970s
cultural preservation, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Mer, Meriam culture, Murray Island, songs, Townsville
...Our own education system...
Audio
 
Black Community School, education, language, Mabo, Edward Koiki
...My kids were able to do the island dance...
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Black Community School, culture, custom, dancing, education, family, Mabo, Edward Koiki, religion, Townsville, Whaleboat, Donald
...Our own school...
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Black Community School, education, language, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Whaleboat, Donald
Black Activist
Topic
1972-1980
activism, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Townsville, Townsville, Yumba Meta Housing Co-op
Education & Early Work
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education, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Mer, Murray Island, pearling industry
Visionary
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activism, Mabo Case, Mabo, Edward Koiki