BCPS will host a con­ver­sa­tion about race and racism in County schools

The Dundalk Eagle - - BY PEOPLE THE -

Bal­ti­more County Pub­lic schools in­vites the pub­lic to watch “A Con­ver­sa­tion on Race and Racism in Amer­ica and Bal­ti­more County Pub­lic Schools.” The first-of-it­skind vir­tual event will be held on Wed­nes­day, July 8, from 4 – 6 p.m., and simul­cast over sev­eral plat­forms in­clud­ing BCPS-TV and Mi­crosoft Teams.

A si­mul­ta­ne­ous watch party on In­sta­gram Live will be hosted by in­com­ing Stu­dent Mem­ber of the Board Josh Muhu­muza, a ris­ing se­nior at Dun­dalk High School.

“We want to take ad­van­tage of height­ened lo­cal and na­tional at­ten­tion on racial is­sues,” said BCPS Su­per­in­ten­dent Dr. Dar­ryl L. Williams, “to ex­plore the var­i­ous ways that race and racism af­fect our school sys­tem and the ed­u­ca­tion we of­fer our stu­dents. We rec­og­nize that th­ese is­sues are too com­plex and far-reach­ing to be fully ex­plored in two hours, and we in­tend for this event to be the first in a se­ries of both sys­temwide and school­based con­ver­sa­tions. We also re­al­ize that th­ese will be emo­tion­ally charged con­ver­sa­tions, and we pledge to han­dle them with hon­esty and sen­si­tiv­ity. In many ways, this first con­ver­sa­tion is a way for us to share with the pub­lic work that is on­go­ing in our school sys­tem.”

The July 8 event will be mod­er­ated by BCPS staff and will fea­ture dis­cus­sions with di­verse stu­dents, teach­ers, school lead­ers, and com­mu­nity mem­bers. The pro­gram will fea­ture an open­ing mes­sage from the su­per­in­ten­dent and a pre­sen­ta­tion by Dr. Lisa Williams, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the BCPS De­part­ment of Equity and Cul­tural Pro­fi­ciency.

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