Nov. 18th – “NYC Schools Segregation Then, Segregation Now, Segregation Forever?”
(a Gotham Center event)
Friday, November 18th, 6:30 – 8 PM
The Graduate Center, CUNY
Elebash Recital Hall
Fifty years ago, black and Puerto Rican parents in Harlem and Bedford-Stuyvesant launched a massive campaign to end segregation in New York City’s schools. It failed. So did subsequent initiatives. Now a new effort is underway. This panel will review current proposals in the light of this history.
Ansley Erickson, author of Making the Unequal Metropolis, and co-chair of a project at Columbia studying education in Harlem over the twentieth century, will provide an historical background. Clara Hemphill, founder of InsideSchools.org and head of research on economic segregation at The New School’s Center for NYC Affairs, will assess the current situation. Zakiyah Ansari, Advocacy Director with the Alliance for Quality Education, and co-initiator of the national Journey for Justice project, will speak about being a grassroots education activist in Brooklyn. Patrick Wall, Senior Editor at Chalkbeat and Spencer Fellow studying the issue, will moderate.