Citywide K-12 Black Studies Pilot Initiative Press Conference

Legislators, Non-Profits, Academics and Black Education Advocacy Groups Collaborate to Usher Landmark K-12 Black Studies Curriculum
$10 million Education Equity Action Plan to be designed and implemented with New York City Council and NYC Department of Education support
What: Senior representatives of the United Way of New York City (UWNYC), The Eagle Academy Foundation, Teachers College, Columbia University; Association of Black Educators of New York, Inc. (ABENY), Black Edfluencers-United (BE-U), New York City Council’s Black, Latino and Asian Caucus, along with New York City Department of Education (DOE) Chancellor Meisha Ross Porter, will gather at The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture to unveil a groundbreaking initiative to pave the way for the institution of a citywide K-12 Black studies curriculum in the nation’s largest school system: the Education Equity Action Plan (EEAP).
Who: Council Member I. Daneek Miller, Council Member Adrienne Adams, Dr. Jawana Johnson, Chief Achievement Officer, The Eagle Academy Foundation; Marielys Divanne, Vice-President of Education, UWNYC; Meisha Ross Porter, New York City DOE Chancellor; Thomas Bailey, President, Teachers College, Columbia University; Dr. Sonya Douglass Horsford, Associate Professor of Education Leadership and Director, Black Education Research Collective, Teachers College, Columbia University; Adrian Straker, President-elect, ABENY; Dr. Shango Blake, President, BE-U
Where: The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture – 515 Malcolm X Boulevard (135th St. and Malcolm X Blvd.) New York, NY 10037, Langston Hughes Lobby
When: Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 1:00 p.m.
Why: The EEAP is aimed at addressing pre-existing, fundamental racial inequities in access to quality education as well as fostering positive educational experiences for scholars of color.
Note: Attendees must show proof of at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and a valid ID prior to entering the space. Additionally, the indoor mask mandate must be observed in all public spaces.


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