Chanté Russell, Public School Forum of NC
919-781-6833 ext. 103
Raleigh, NC (August 25, 2022) — Dr. Jelani Cobb, Dean of Columbia University and a staff writer at The New Yorker, writing on race, history, justice, politics, and democracy will kick off the October 22, 2022 Color of Education Summit. The summit will be delivered in an hybrid format to bring together people from all over North Carolina to exchange ideas and strategies that address systemic racial inequities in our education system.
The key objectives for the 2022 Color of Education Summit include:
(1) Making historical connections between the past and the present
(2) Examining policy impact on past and present events
(3) Networking with practioners and advocates
(4) Modeling equitable practices and strategies
(5) Providing resources for application
(6) Participating in a call to action to create next needed steps or action plans
Theme: A Walk Through History: How the Past Informs the Present
Color of Education will include additional sessions focused on racial equity featuring leading experts in the field. Information will be updated on the registration site in the coming weeks. Continue to visit the page to see event developments.
Registration and tickets are now available for this fifth annual statewide *hybrid* summit focused on race, equity and education in North Carolina. To register and purchase tickets for the event, which will take place in-person & virtually Saturday, October 22 from 9:00 am – 6:15 pm, please visit https://events.floodcenter.org/en/2022ColorofEducationSummit/.
Jelani Cobb recently co-edited The Matter of Black Lives, a collection of The New Yorker’s most ground-breaking writing on Black history and culture in America, featuring the work of legendary writers like James Baldwin and Toni Morrison. Publishers Weekly writes, “Beyond the stellar prose, what unites these pieces, which range widely in length, tone, and point of view, is James Baldwin’s insight, paraphrased by Jelani Cobb, that ‘the American future is precisely as bright or as dark as our capacity to grapple with [the legacy of racism].’” Cobb also edited and wrote a new introduction for The Kerner Commission—a historic study of American racism and police violence originally published in 1967—helping to contextualize it for a new generation. The condensed version of the report, called The Essential Kerner Commision Report, is described as an “essential resource for understanding what Cobb calls the ‘chronic national predicament’ of racial unrest” (Publishers Weekly).
Cobb is the recipient of the Hillman Prize for opinion and analysis journalism, as well as the Walter Bernstein Award from the Writer’s Guild of America for his investigative work on Policing the Police. He is the author of Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress, and To the Break of Dawn: A Freestyle on the Hip Hop Aesthetic. He was appointed the Dean of Columbia Journalism School in 2022.
Color of Education is a partnership between the Dudley Flood Center for Educational Equity & Opportunity, Public School Forum of North Carolina, the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University and the Center for Child and Family Policy at the Duke Sanford School of Public Policy.
Color of Education is grateful for the support of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, Peter and Sandra Conway, Tom and Mary Mac Bradshaw, TowneBank, Lenovo, Learn Platform, Amgen, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina.
Get ready to use the following hashtags and handles on Twitter to follow this year’s hybrid event @DudleyFloodCtr, @NCForum, #HistoryCounts, #FloodEquity, and #ColorOfEducation on Twitter.
About the Dudley Flood Center for Educational Equity and Opportunity
The Dudley Flood Center for Educational Equity & Opportunity (Flood Center) serves as a hub to identify and connect organizations, networks, and leaders to address issues of equity, access, and opportunity in education across North Carolina. The Flood Center works collaboratively to take action toward addressing issues of systemic racism by advocating for structural changes in policy and practice to build an equitable education system that meets the social, emotional, and academic needs of NC’s diverse student population. Specifically, the Dudley Flood Center exists to create an equitable education system by addressing the systemic inequities plaguing the educational system which limit opportunity and access for PK – 12 students and educators. Follow the Flood Center on Twitter @DudleyFloodCtr and visit our website at www.ncforum.org/floodcenter
About the Public School Forum of North Carolina
Since 1986, the Public School Forum of North Carolina has been an indispensable and nonpartisan champion of better schools and the most trusted source in the state for research and analysis on vital education issues. We bring together leaders from business, education and government to study education issues, develop ideas, seek consensus, and ultimately inform and shape education policy. We do that through research, policy work, innovative programs, advocacy, and continuing education for educators and policymakers. Follow the Forum on Twitter @theNCForum and visit our website at http://www.ncforum.org/
About the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University
The Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity is a scholarly collaborative that studies the causes and consequences of inequality and develops remedies for these disparities and their adverse effects. Concerned with the economic, political, social and cultural dimensions of uneven access to resources, opportunity and capabilities, Cook Center researchers take a cross-national comparative approach to the study of human difference and disparity. Considering both global and local shortcomings, Cook Center scholars not only address the overarching social problem of general inequality, but they also explore social problems associated with gender, race, ethnicity and religious affiliation. Follow the Cook Center on Twitter @DukeSocialEQ and visit our website at https://socialequity.duke.edu/
About the Center for Child and Family Policy at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University
The Center for Child and Family Policy pursues science-based solutions to important problems affecting today’s children and families. The Center emphasizes the bridge from research to policy and practice through an integrated system of research, teaching, service and policy engagement. Center research has grown to include an array of projects that touch on critical child and family policy issues. Center faculty fellows include a trio of scholars who focus on the effect of economic distress on child development. Other fellows study early childhood, the development of risky behaviors, childhood mental illness and a wide range of education policy issues including school truancy, charter schools, teacher training and education reform efforts.