Do (Some) White Parents Want Integrated Schools? April 24, 2018

A Talking Race & Kids online conversation with Courtney Everts Mykytyn & Mindy Wilson of Integrated Schools

REGISTER TO JOIN this free, hour-long, online conversation with your EmbraceRace community, happening this coming Tuesday, April 24th, at 8:30 pm ET

Why We Gather. School segregation might be the most tangled thread in the knotty web of race and race relations in the United States. 50 years after Martin Luther King, Jr’s assassination, our schools – and the increasingly multiracial cast of students in them – remain as segregated as the day he died. New York Times writer Nikole Hannah-Jones has said that “schools are segregated because white people want them that way. … We won’t fix this problem until we really wrestle with that fact.”

Our guests, Courtney Everts Mykytyn and Mindy Wilson of Integrated Schools, have been actively wrestling with other White parents around the issue of school integration for some time now. Join us to hear what they’ve learned, where they think the struggle is headed, and why you need to care.

Agenda

8:30 to 8:35 pm ET: Andrew and Melissa of EmbraceRace introduce our guests and frame the conversation.
8:35 to 9:00 pm ET: Courtney & Mindy of Integrated Schools share what they’ve learned in their work advocating that white parents and families choose to integrate schools and where we go from here.
9:00 to 9:25 pm ET: Q & A with the EmbraceRace community.
9:25 to 9:30 pm ET: Closing thoughts.

Courtney Everts Mykytyn and Mindy Wilson are both members of Integrated Schools. Integrated Schools is made of White and/or privileged parents who care a LOT about sending their kids to school outside of the bubble, who believe that their kids are strong, and that growing up with children from all backgrounds is what makes great people. They don’t expect that changing the conversation around integration will be easy. But they firmly believe that integration is not a sacrifice of their own (mostly White) children but rather an investment in the future of all children and building a world they want their kids to be adults in. (And that sometimes it’s okay to end a sentence with a preposition.)

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