Brown v. Board to Ferguson Toolkit

In 2013-14, black K-12 students were 3.6 times more likely to receive at least one out of school suspension than their white counterparts. Often, students of color are then funneled into juvenile detention, a gateway into the adult prison system. This phenomenon, in which children of color are suspended or even arrested on school grounds, is so common it has a name: the school-to-prison pipeline. Sixty-four years after Brown v. Board of Education, schools remain unwelcome spaces for minorities.

The question for society is what can we do about it? To this end, the Coalition is pleased to share the From Brown v. Board to Ferguson toolkit. The toolkit, which you can access here, is the first of two to be developed by the Sites of Conscience members participating in the IMLS-funded From Brown v. Board to Ferguson: Fostering Dialogue on Education, Incarceration and Civil Rights program. The toolkit contains 11 examples of inter-generational dialogue on this vital topic as designed and implemented by our member sites with support from their community partners. The toolkit also contains an introduction by Program Manager Tramia Jackson, articles on Sites of Conscience dialogue from Sarah Pharaon and Tammy Bormann, and evaluation tools developed by our participating members working with Project Evaluator Conny Graft.

For more information about the project or how to get involved, please contact Project Manager Tramia Jackson. Follow the project at #BrownToFerguson

The partners, all of whom are Coalition members, include: Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (Alabama);  Borderlands Public History Lab (Texas); Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site (Kansas); Eastern State Penitentiary (Pennsylvania); Jane Addams Hull-House Museum (Illinois); Levine Museum of the New South (North Carolina); Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site (Arkansas); Missouri History Museum (Missouri); Museum of International Folk Art (New Mexico); Museum of Tolerance (California); and National Civil Rights Museum (Tennessee)




This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services [MG-20-15-0072-15].

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