Join us Wednesday, October 30 for a very special and timely Charlotte Crucial Conversation luncheon:
The future of school integration in North Carolina
- Rev. William Barber II, President of Repairers of the Breach, architect of the Moral Mondays movement in North Carolina, and co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign.
- Mary McCray, chair of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education
- Justin Perry, chair of OneMeck, which has advocated for school desegregation
- Pam Grundy, author of “Color and Character: West Charlotte High and the American Struggle Over Educational Equality”
It’s been nearly a half-century since the United States Supreme Court issued its landmark unanimous ruling in the case of Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education, in which it affirmed U.S. District Court Judge James McMillan’s ruling that directed CMS to affirmatively integrate its public schools.
Since that time, of course, the combination of subsequent court rulings, new state laws and new local policies have served to undermine and erode the promise of Swann. Today, tragically, genuine racial integration in North Carolina’s public schools remains an unrealized dream throughout most of the state.
The situation is especially acute in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, which, according to a 2018 report by veteran education policy researcher Kris Nordstrom on the North Carolina Justice Center, has become “by far the most racially segregated district in the state.”
So, is the battle over? If not, what’s next in the effort to combat school re-segregation? Join us on Wednesday, October 30 at Charlotte’s Friendship Missionary Baptist Church as we examine these and other timely questions with a distinguished panel of experts.
When: Wednesday, October 30 at 10:00 a.m.— Light refreshments will be available
Where: Friendship Missionary Baptist Church – 3400 Beatties Ford Rd., Charlotte, NC 28216
Space is limited – preregistration requested.
Cost: Suggested donation $10, but no one will be turned away for their inability to pay.
Note: If you are unable to pay the suggested fee while registering online, simply click “pay at the door” to complete your registration.
Questions?? Contact Billy Ball at 919-861-1460 or [email protected]
Seats are sure to go fast – don’t miss this very special event!