Raleigh, NC (August 5, 2021) — Award-winning author and journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, who kicked off the Color of Education series in 2018, returns this year to headline Color of Education 2021, a two-day virtual summit that will bring together people from all over North Carolina to exchange ideas and strategies that address systemic racial inequities in our education system. Hannah-Jones will speak on October 26th, 2021. Color of Education will include additional sessions focused on racial equity featuring leading experts in the field. More session and speaker information will be announced in the coming weeks.

Registration and tickets are now available for this fourth annual statewide *virtual* summit focused on race, equity and education in North Carolina. To register and purchase tickets for the event, which will take place via Zoom on Tuesday, October 26, and Wednesday, October 27, 2021, both days from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, please visit https://colorofeducation2021.eventbrite.com.

Hannah-Jones is the Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of the 1619 Project and a staff writer at The New York Times Magazine. She has spent her career investigating racial inequality and injustice, and her reporting has earned her the MacArthur Fellowship, known as the Genius grant, a Peabody Award, two George Polk Awards and the National Magazine Award three times. Hannah-Jones also earned the John Chancellor Award for Distinguished Journalism and was named Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists and the Newswomen’s Club of New York. In 2020 she was inducted into the Society of American Historians and in 2021, into the North Carolina Media Hall of Fame. 

In 2016, Hannah-Jones co-founded the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting, which seeks to increase the number of reporters and editors of color. She holds a Master of Arts in Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina and earned her BA in History and African-American studies from the University of Notre Dame. 

Color of Education is a partnership between the 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, the Brady Education Foundation, Kelly Education, Tom and Mary Mac Bradshaw, and Schwartz and Shaw LLC.  

Bookmark #ColorOfEducation on Twitter to follow this year’s event online.


If you’re interested in sponsoring Color of Education 2021, please contact Marisa Bryant at mbryant@ncforum.org or visit www.ncforum.org/partners

Color of Education 

Color of Education is a collaboration between the Public School Forum of NC, The Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity, and the Center for Child and Family Policy at the Duke Sanford School of Public Policy. Sandra Conway of Conway and Associates provided key partnership design. Color of Education seeks to build deeper connections across the fields of research, policy, and practice and bring together communities, educators, policymakers, experts and other key stakeholders focused on achieving racial equity in education across the state of North Carolina. 

The impact of race in education was a central focus of the Public School Forum’s Study Group XVI: Expanding Education Opportunity in North Carolina. The Committee on Racial Equity’s findings and recommendations were published in October 2016. The committee covered issues such as resegregation, teacher diversity, discipline disparity and lack of access to advanced, more rigorous coursework for students of color. 


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 Flood Center for Educational Equity and Opportunity

Launched in 2019, The Dudley Flood Center for Educational Equity and 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 aims to inform discussions on policies impacting equity & social justice, supporting and advancing equity-focused educator programming, and promote discussions around how schools are funded at the local and state levels, in hopes of achieving equity, access, and opportunity for all young people in North Carolina.

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.

Follow the Center for Child and Family Policy on Twitter @DukeChildPol and visit our website at https://childandfamilypolicy.duke.edu/.

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