U.S. EMBASSY TEACHER TRAINING SEMINAR
Black History Month
LECTURE AND DISCUSSION –
Lessons from the Civil Rights Movement: Teaching for Equity and Inclusion
Friday, February 19, 2016, 15:00-17:00
Venue: U.S. Embassy, entrance Behrenstr. (back entrance)
Please register at: IRCBerlin@state.gov by February 15, 2016
The modern civil rights movement (1954 – 1968) had a great impact on evincing human rights the world over. The 1954 landmark Brown v. Topeka Board of Education Supreme Court decision made integration the law of the land. Unfortunately, the decision fell woefully short of its goal; instead, schools continued to cultivate and ignore systemic and individual implicit biases rather than providing the impetus to confront and challenge bias. Instead of greater intergroup dialogue and acceptance, U.S. schools are now more segregated than they were before the Brown decision and diversity has become a buzz word for assimilating and acculturating groups into the dominant narrative. In order to move past a singular narrative, the current paradigm must shift to include counter narratives that tell the truth of our collective quest toward civil and human rights and move us beyond diversity toward equity and inclusion.
Dr. Christian is a Teaching and Learning Specialist with Teaching Tolerance, a program of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Montgomery, Alabama. She has 15 years’ experience as an educator, anti-bias trainer, and qualitative researcher studying the impacts of educational practices and policies on students of color. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English, a master’s degree in education, and a doctorate in educational leadership and policy. She is author of Understanding the Black Flame and Multigenerational Education Trauma: Toward a Theory of the Dehumanization of Black Students.
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