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Migrations: Daughters of the Dust, March 21, 2018

On Wednesday, March 21, 7:30-9:30 pm, at the Princeton Garden Theatre, 160 Nassau Street, Princeton, there will be a screening of Daughters of the Dust.  To buy tickets, click here.

Julie Dash’s DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST was given a full restoration last year to celebrate its 25th anniversary. At the dawn of the 20th century, a multi-generational black family on the Sea Islands off of South Carolina struggles to maintain their cultural heritage and folklore while contemplating a migration to the mainland. This lyrical story of family and history was the first full-length film directed by an African-American woman to obtain wide theatrical release in the United States.

Screening will be introduced by Taneshia Nash Laird, Executive Director of the Arts Council of Princeton.“


Restorative Justice & Equity in School Discipline

Thursday, April 12, 7PM, John Witherspoon Middle School Auditorium

There is a call to action to address the persistent gaps by race and special needs status in school suspension and expulsion. Schools are seeking ways to transform how they elicit student cooperation, manage conflict, and ensure a high-quality education for diverse students. Dr. Anne Gregory will offer a synthesis of the latest knowledge about reform efforts in school discipline and highlight programming to prevent conflict and intervene constructively once conflict has occurred. Specifically, she will describe the basic tenets of restorative justice initiatives in schools and the specific practices of community-building circles and restorative conferences.

Co-sponsored by Princeton Public Schools, Princeton Special Ed PTO, Princeton High School PTO, John Witherspoon Middle School PTO, Committed and Faithful Princetonians, and Not in Our Town Princeton.


Dr. Anne Gregory, Ph.D

Anne Gregory is an associate professor in the School Psychology Department at Rutgers University. Her research has focused on the persistent trend that African American adolescents are issued school suspensions and expulsions at higher rates than adolescents from other groups. Through program development, implementation, and evaluation, she aims to address this trend by strengthening characteristics of teachers, classrooms, and schools associated with the successful schooling of diverse students. Her research interests also include understanding the promise of restorative approaches to school discipline. She has authored 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and numerous book chapters. Dr. Gregory’s research has been supported by federal agencies and private foundations. She served on the American Psychological Association’s Task Force on Resiliency and Strength in Black Children and Adolescents and consults with the U.S. Department of Justice as a school discipline expert.

National Geographic Acknowledges Its Past Racist Coverage

To begin a year dedicated to the “exploration of race,” the National Geographic devotes its April 2018 issue to the topic. As Susan Goldberg, editor in chief and the first woman and Jewish person, “a member of two groups that also once faced discrimination” in the magazine, to hold that position, says, “we thought we should examine our own history before turning our reportorial gaze to others.”  They asked John Edwin Mason,  University of Virginia professor specializing in the history of photography and the history of Africa, to examine the magazine’s archives and analyze the history of their coverage.  He found that “until the 1970s National Geographic all but ignored people of color who lived in the United States, rarely acknowledging them beyond laborers or domestic workers. Meanwhile it pictured “natives” elsewhere as exotics, famously and frequently unclothed, happy hunters, noble savages—every type of cliché.” To read Goldberg’s complete essay, click here.



Anna Deavere Smith at The College of New Jersey, March 21, 2018


Anna Deavere Smith, acclaimed actress, playwright, and professor, will present to the TCNJ community on March 21st at 4:00 PM in the Kendall Hall Main Stage Theater at The College of New Jersey.

Smith will discuss and perform excerpts from her documentary theater and film work, transforming the words of ordinary people into a dramatic monologue. Her lecture will address TCNJ’s campus theme “Who We Are”, connecting her research and dramatic work exploring the school-to-prison pipeline, identity, and social justice. Smith’s acclaimed one-woman show “Notes from the Field” premieres on HBO on February 24th, 2018.

This event is free and open to the public.


PULSE (Pride Unity Leadership Sisterhood Esteem) Women’s History Month Exhibit, March 12, 2018

Student group, PULSE, advised by Mrs. Lenora Keel, will present Museums in Motion, a traveling African American museum, will present an intriguing exhibit on Amazing American women to be held in the Numina Gallery at Princeton High School on Monday, March 12, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM.  Enter through the Performing Arts Center on Walnut Lane.

Museums in Motion is based in Lawrence, NJ and provides educational museums exhibits to schools, colleges and various organizations. “We revisit history and enlighten minds on phenomenal women and milestones dating from 1917- 2016.  Individuals such as legendary singer Lena Horne and United States  Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayer will be featured among others.  Take a walk through the time and absorb the gallantry of the first woman in the United States to enter into outer space and conquered a dream.  We encourage and invite all to attend this educational event as we pay tribute to these American women of excellence.  Our very own, Mrs. Olive Giles will be showcased in this exhibit.”

Please contact Mrs. Lenora Keel at (609) 806-4280, ext. or at if you have questions.

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