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Racial Literacy in Princeton Schools: Special Meeting

Princeton’s Civil Rights Commission will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, May 30th, at 6:30pm in Conference Room A of the Princeton Municipal Building (400 Witherspoon Street).

The purpose of the meeting is to give Princeton’s Superintendent of Schools, Steve Cochrane, an opportunity to present on the district’s Racial Literacy Program.

Not In Our Town Princeton strongly encourages those citizens who are committed to building a genuinely inclusive community, and/or those who have been disturbed to learn of recent racially biased incidents in our schools, to please plan on attending this meeting!

This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with others who share your concerns, learn about what steps are planned, and show your support for a continuing commitment to dismantling racism in our schools and society. We want to send a message that concern about these issues in our community is both widespread and deep… bring a friend!

Community Conversation, June 7, 2017

PPS Community Meeting

The College of New Jersey Renames Hall

The College of New Jersey’s Board of Trustees adopted  a recommendation by TCNJ President R. Barbara Gitenstein to rename Paul Loser Hall. Effective immediately, the building that houses the college’s Office of Admissions and School of Nursing, Health, and Exercise Science shall be known as Trenton Hall. . . . Archival research conducted by TCNJ students revealed that Dr. Loser, as superintendent of Trenton schools from 1932-1955, supported and maintained a segregated school system that shaped the prospects for opportunity for generations of Trentonians.

Memphis Students Unite Their Community 100 Years After A Lynching

One hundred years after his brutal lynching, Eli Persons was commemorated at a ceremony attended by 500 community members in Memphis (May 21, 2017) organized by a student-led activist group, Students Uniting Memphis (SUM) to bring awareness to this and other injustices.

Read about Bryan Stevenson’s (founder of the Equal Justice Initiative) efforts to memorialize lynchings across the country.

Confronting Racism with Technology: One School’s Story

Inspired by a talk by Not in Our Town presenter and supporter Ruha Benjamin about the ways in which technology facilitates oppression, Minnesota teachers Andy Charrier and Rebecca Bauer developed a program for their students to confront and talk about racism and their lives using Ipads and a photography app.

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