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For 50 years, schools have been a primary battleground in the fight for racial and economic equity. Political choices made decades ago continue to feed the school-to-prison pipeline and to grow the education gaps that disproportionately impact students of color- but a different path is possible.
On July 17th, the Young Leaders' Network (YLN) of Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights invites you to a Crucial Conversation between four advocates whose work spans 50 years of Chicago's movement for education equity:
Elizabeth Todd-Breland is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research and writing focus on race, education, and politics. She is the author of A Political Education: Black Politics and Education Reform in Chicago since the 1960s, which will be available for purchase at the event for $25.
Elisabeth Greer is a parent of students at National Teacher’s Academy and serves as the chair of NTA’s local school council. In June 2018, she became the named plaintiff in a lawsuit filed by Chicago Lawyers’ Committee and partners to challenge the discriminatory decision to close NTA, a top-rated elementary school that serves predominately low-income Black students.
Rosie Simpson is a longtime Chicago activist from the Englewood neighborhood who joined the 1963 boycott of Chicago Public Schools to challenge what she coined as the “Willis Wagons”— the aluminum trailers that then-CPS Superintendent Benjamin C. Willis placed near overcrowded Black schools to avoid integrating students into nearby White schools.
Candace Moore (moderator) is a member of YLN and a former attorney at Chicago Lawyers' Committee who was recently named as the city's first Chief Equity Officer.