March 6, 2018
Martin Segal Theater, CUNY Graduate Center
365 5th Ave, New York, NY 10016
Co-sponsored by the Ph.D. Programs in Urban Education, Critical Psychology, the Public Science Project, the URBAN Research Network, the Center for Advanced Study in Education and the Gittell Collective
Remarks following the film by Zakiyah Ansari, Advocacy Director, New York State Alliance for Quality Education (AQE) and conversation with director Susan Zeig
Foundation support from:
The Stuart Foundation, The C.S. Mott Foundation, The Panta Rhea Foundation, The Nellie Mae Education Foundation, The California Endowment, The Hewlett Foundation, The Ruth Mott Foundation
“My connection with this is Emma. She speaks to me. Her story is my story. .
I will fight for my children and my three grandchildren, but that is not enough to fill me. The inequities, and the constant fight to just get the basics for children, that is the struggle of parent organizing. It is what keeps us, sustains us, knowing that every time we bring more folks into this conversation, that we build the movement for education justice, and that we build it strongly.
We don’t have the opportunity to not be hopeful…It is my obligation to always be hopeful. I say all this to say, the one thing historically that we have yet to do, is really center the hard conversation around racism and classism in this country. Until we are ready to do that, we will continue to go in circles.”
–Zakiyah Ansari, Advocacy Director, Alliance for Quality Education