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The lynching of Emmett Till

59 years ago today, Emmett Till (1941-1955) was murdered in Money, Mississippi. From Chicago, Till was visiting family in the area. His supposed crime was that he had “flirted” with a white woman, Carolyn Bryant, the wife of the owner of Bryant’s … Continue reading

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A Memorial Day created by former slaves

Though Memorial Day was first formally declared in 1868 by General Logan, in charge of the GAR—an organization of Civil War vets, in order to decorate the graves of those who died in the Civil War, there are many cities … Continue reading

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Fifty years ago today

“This Train” is Studs Terkel’s chronicle of the 1963 train ride to and from the March on Washington with interviews of the participants, 50 years ago today. The train carried 1600 people from Chicago.

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“Whiteness” is a construct

Today, as part of Professional Development Day, we invited Jackie Battalora in to facilitate a discussion of whiteness with our entire middle school faculty. She met with nine of us last year as we worked to grow our collective awareness … Continue reading

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Watching the Watcher: Observing the Ever-Consuming White Gaze

Watching the Watcher: Observing the Ever-Consuming White Gaze, a workshop at the White Privilege Conference, was intense, powerful, transformational. It began with the conversation, via Frantz Fanon (Black Skin, White Masks) and Sherene Razack (Looking White People in the Eye), that … Continue reading

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The Finnish Line

Every three years the PISA survey, conducted by the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development), compares the levels of reading, math, and science literacies of 15 year olds world-wide. Students in Finland are racking up the highest scores, beating out Hong Kong, Singapore, … Continue reading

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Equity in education is attached to the hip of integration

Today, May 17,  is the 57th anniversary of the 1954 Supreme Court decision in Brown v Board of Education. The promise then was that segregation in our nation’s public schools would no longer be tolerated— that in fact, such practices … Continue reading

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