Groups Behind Federal Complaint Urge City to Use Agreement to Improve the Racial Climate of Every Boston School
Boston, MA: Today, U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz found that Boston Latin School (BLS) violated federal civil rights law in responding to school-based racial harassment and announced a resolution agreement with Boston Public Schools (BPS) to improve the racial climate of the school.
The U.S. Department of Justice found BLS violated Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the same law it has used to litigate scores of school desegregation cases. It is not often that Title IV is violated so far from the South. That the Department of Justice brought it to bear here validates the concerns first raised by students and families at Latin. This violation reminds us that we, as a city and nation, still have work to do to ensure that all students are safe and welcome to pursue their equal right to education.
We have always asserted that Latin is not the only school in Greater Boston or the Commonwealth to have issues with racial isolation and racial hostility. However, the very public discussion of harassment at BLS has raised significant awareness of these issues across Boston’s public, charter, and private schools. And the U.S. Attorney’s findings should put every school system in the Commonwealth on notice of their federal duty to address racial harassment. Transparency, accountability and communication with parents, community stakeholders and our elected and appointed officials is absolutely critical to making sure that our schools are equitable and accepting of every student, no matter their race, color, gender or creed.
The start of the 2016–2017 academic year brings great potential and a new beginning for the students returning to BLS, and it provides an opportunity for the City of Boston, BPS, and BLS to set the example for the nation. We will monitor implementation of the resolution agreement with the expectation that BPS and the City of Boston will use it to address these systemic issues across the district. Boston should be sending a clear message that we know how to educate every child and provide unfettered access to all at our most prestigious academic institutions.
We also note that Boston cannot fully address the harms of racial isolation until it has established an exam school admissions policy that enables BLS to better reflect the diversity of our city. We urge the City of Boston to follow the mandate of its Opportunity and Achievement Gap Policy and expeditiously review its exam school admissions policy.
This statement is jointly issued by:
Boston Branch of the NAACP
ACLU of Massachusetts
Massachusetts Advocates for Children
The full statement is available at http://lawyerscom.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Civil-Rights-Statement-on-DOJ-Findings-at-BLS.pdf
OPEN CAST CALL for Black Nativity October 3, 6 & 12, 2016 / Children: 4-6 pm / Adults: 7-9 pmWeb site link:
Location: James E. Timilty Middle School, 205 Roxbury Street, Roxbury, MA 02119
The production company is seeking African American children and adults between the ages of six and ninety years old for its 2016 production.
If you cannot make the Open Cast Call but want to be considered for the show, contact Betty Hillmon, Registrar, at 617.549.0205 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 20, 2016
Re: A Petition To Change The Name Of Dudley Square To “NUBIAN SQUARE”
Boston is often promoted as having a small abolition community during slavery. However, what is not widely known is the fact that slavery was heavily practiced here in this city at that time. This resulted in the naming of numerous streets in honor of notorious slave owners. Examples of this are Warren Street, Dudley Street, Codman Square, etc. In the last couple of decades, the Black Community Information Center Inc. has taken a leading role in combatting this hypocrisy by having the former Washington Park and New Dudley Street renamed “Malcolm X Park” and “Malcolm X Boulevard” respectively. However, that is only the tip of the iceberg as many contradictory symbols remain in the Afrikan/Black community in Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan. A clear example would be Dudley Square in Roxbury, which is named after a family of major slave owners.
Our goal is to have Dudley Station renamed “NUBIAN STATION,” a name that would reflect the culture and heritage (Afrikan/Black) of the people who live in the surrounding community. We will officially launch the name change petition at the tribute for A Nubian Notion on Sunday, August 21, 2016 from 2:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Hibernian Hall in Roxbury, Mass.
We are calling on our community to be soldiers and collect the necessary petition signatures. Petition forms will be available for signing at the tribute and there will be copies of the petition available to those who wish to help us collect signatures in the community. If you are unable to attend the tribute on Sunday, you can pick up a copy of the petition at A Nubian Notion, Inc. at 41 Warren Street or at the NAACP/Boston office located in the Washington Park Mall at 330 Martin Luther King Boulevard. (You may also click here to view and print copies of the petition). The deadline for petition signature collection and submission is Friday, September 2, 2016 at 12:00 noon.
Full community participation in this important effort is urged.
For further information, call 617-427-2522 or go to www.blackinfonow.org.
Sadiki Kambon, Director
Black Community Information Center, Inc.
The Hiphop Archive and Research Institute will be hosting the Boston advance screening of feature film KICKS at AMC Boston Common 19 on Thursday, September 15.
HipHopArchive.org at Harvard ( watch movie trailer at HHA).
KICKS Recently premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. KICKS is the directorial debut for Oakland native Justin Tipping and the semi-autobiographical story of a young man hunting for his “kicks.”
Fifteen-year-old Brandon, played by up-and-coming breakout star Jahking Guillory, longs for a pair of the freshest sneakers that money can buy; assuming that merely having them on his feet will help him escape the reality of being poor, neglected by the opposite sex and picked on by everyone — even his best friends.
FREE KICKS TICKET RESERVATION LINK / Boston movie house.
Free AboutBlackBoston ticket signup link / and casting call benefits.
Working hard to get them, he soon finds that the titular shoes have instead made him a target after they are promptly snatched by local hood, Flaco (Kofi Siriboe). Seemingly the embodiment of menace, Flaco harbors complexities of his own that will be revealed when Brandon goes on a mission to retrieve his stolen sneakers with his two best friends in tow.
Boasting a strong ensemble cast, and featuring a memorable lead performance, the film transcends a deceptively traditional hero’s journey to deliver a “… 21st century tale about inner city masculinity and the feelings of isolation and loneliness that often plague us during adolescence.
It’s a film about manhood and the cycles that continue to spiral through generations, flattening many Black men while others barely escape the carnage,” (Aramide A. Tinubu, IndieWire). Sam Eifling of Sole Collector explains, “the kids are relatable, the score is moody and dreamy; the soundtrack is a playground of hip-hop.
And its world feels authentic in a way that most features don’t, in part because it grew out of a real milieu.”
Visually and thematically rich, with an amazing soundtrack of both hip-hop classics and Bay Area favorites, KICKS creates an original, true-to-life portrait of a young man drowning in the expectations of machismo.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
From WGBH Media Contact: Ellen London
WGBH News’ Callie Crossley Wins Top Honors from NABJ for Race Commentary
BOSTON, August 16, 2016 — WGBH News award-winning journalist, Callie Crossley, was recognized with top honors in the Commentary category at the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Conference, held August 3-7 in Washington, D.C. Crossley, host of WGBH News’ Under the Radar, won first place for Top 15 Markets for her three-part compilation of commentaries, “Race Matters: Echoing History,” which explores current racial issues in the United States through the lens of the country’s civil rights history.
“We are proud of Callie and have long believed that her observations are the best offered by local radio,” said Phil Redo, WGBH General Manager for Radio. “Callie’s examination of race and media coverage has come at a critical moment in the current political climate, and her unwavering commitment to telling the stories that are often overlooked is what makes her so original and so compelling.”
A former producer for ABC News’ 20/20, Crossley is also a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow through the Council of Independent Colleges, guest-lecturing at colleges and universities about media, politics and the intersection of race, gender and media. She also holds two fellowships at Harvard University. Crossley was a producer for Blackside Inc.’s Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, which earned her an Oscar nomination, a National Emmy Award and the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Award. Crossley has earned the Associated Press, Edward R. Murrow and Clarion Awards for writing, producing and hosting.
In addition to hosting Under the Radar, which features stories not usually covered by traditional media outlets, Crossley appears weekly on WGBH’s Beat the Press, examining local and national media coverage, and Basic Black, focusing on current events concerning communities of color. She also contributes to national programs including CNN’s Reliable Sources, PBS’s NewsHour and PRI’s The Takeaway.
Under the Radar airs Sundays from 6 to 7 p.m. EDT on 89.7 WGBH. Crossley’s weekly commentaries air Mondays during WGBH’s Morning Edition.
Race Matters: Echoing History
Part 1: “The Blood, Sweat, and Tears Shed at Selma, Alabama”
Part 2: “Do You Know Any Looters with Hope?”
Part 3: “Tomorrow is Not Promised: Life After Hurricane Katrina”
About WGBH News
WGBH News is among the fastest growing local news providers in greater Boston and draws on the talent of a multi-platform newsroom that includes 89.7 WGBH, Boston’s Local NPR, television and digital reporting. The WGBH newsroom continues to invest in substantive local coverage and has established dedicated desks for innovation, higher education and politics as well as unique partnerships to expand on that commitment, including with WNYC’s The Takeaway, PRI’s The World, the New England Center for Investigative Reporting, and The GroundTruth Project.
|ROXBURY STRONG: A Story of Emergence
Madison Park Development and Hibernian Hall celebrate their 50th anniversary.
Madison Park Development is a real estate property developer, property portfolio manager and cultural arts programming organization.
The firm is producing a FREE community based original performance piece on the recent history of Roxbury performed by youth from the community under the direction of Ron Jones. Performance dates are: Thursday, August 18 2:30pm + 7:30pm and Saturday, August 20 2:30pm + 7:30pm at the Hibernian Hall performance space, 184 Dudley Street in Roxbury
To celebrate its 50th anniversary, join Madison Park Development Corporation for Roxbury Strong: A Story of Emergence. Hip-hop, poetry, monologues, and historic images come together in Roxbury Strong to tell a powerful story about the history of one of the most vibrant and thriving areas in all of Boston. Written and directed by actor/playwright Ron Jones with musical direction by Mike Boston, Jones did extensive background research and conducted numerous interviews with residents of Roxbury for this production.
FREE ADMISSION to all shows
Sole Train: Boston Runs Together, a program of Trinity Boston Foundation, is a community building and mentoring program that deconstructs impossible by using running as a vehicle for setting and achieving previously unimaginable goals. As a supportive community of caring adults and peers, Sole Train champions young people as they realize their capacity for greatness.
TWO opportunities to connect with Sole Train:
- Run with Sole Train! Commit to 1-2 hrs/wk of weekday practice time and 5 weekend races/community building events, throughout the upcoming 2016-2017 school year.
Sole Train’s adult runners are affectionately called Old Soles, but they’re young in spirit and consistently meet our youth every step of the way. Old Soles are enthusiastic, dedicated, and committed to being part of a community that learns, supports, and grows together. You don’t have to like running to love Sole Train! Our Old Soles embody the Sole Train commitment of creating an inclusive community that reflects the diversity of our participants. Volunteer with Sole Train!
- Volunteer and/or participate in the Sole Train 5k!
Come on out and join Sole Train at Jamaica Pond on Saturday, October 15th at 9:30AM to lead and cheer on runners of all ages, shoe sizes, and speeds in what may be the most spirited 5K around. Come out for a great energy-packed fall morning in one of the area’s premier parks. And know that your participation helps support Sole Train youth to (de)construct (im)possible.
Registration is live! http://www.soletrain5k.com/
I hope that you will consider volunteering and help spread the word about these amazing opportunities to your co-workers, friends and other Boston networks. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact me at email@example.com
If you’d like to learn more about Sole Train please visit: http://www.trinityinspires.org/sole-train/