Reading circles in Deerfield to examine school integration

Thursday, September 28, 2017

DEERFIELD — The public is invited to take part in three reading circles in October examining the nation’s efforts to achieve racially integrated public schools.

Discussions will focus on the legacy of the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education case, in which the Supreme Court struck down the “separate but equal” standard in education and other areas of American life.

Racial Justice Rising (racialjusticerising.org) and the Visioning B.E.A.R Circle Intertribal Coalition (visioningbear.org) are sponsoring the events

All three gatherings will take place at the conference room of the Deerfield Business Center, 110 North Hillside Road, in South Deerfield. Participants may attend one, two, or all three of the circles, which will be facilitated by Mel Ptacek, who received her doctorate in history from the University of California at Berkeley.

Readings suggested for the first circle, on Monday, Oct. 9, 2 to 3:30 p.m., include:

“Racial Discrimination in Public Schools: A Historical Timeline,” a list of events sourced from “Story of American Public Education, Master Timeline,” PBS; and “Teaching Tolerance,” available at masshumanities.org/files/programs/harvest/timeline.pdf

“Boston After Busing,” selections from Farah Stockman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning series of columns examining race and education, available at www.pulitzer.org/winners/farah-stockman The selection are Aug. 2, 2015, “Naming our era of racial contradictions;” Aug. 9, 2015, “Did busing slow the city’s desegregation?”; July 5, 2015, “Boston schools get a do-over;” and Oct. 11, 2015, “In schools, can separate be equal?”

For the second circle, which will meet on Thursday, Oct. 19, 7 to 8:30 p.m., readings will include selections from Michael Patrick Macdonald’s commentary on Boston’s busing experience.

The third circle will meet on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2 to 3:30 p.m.; readings will include “The Resegregation of Jefferson County,” by Nikole Hannah-Jones.

To learn more, see racialjusticerising.org/harvest-reading-circles/, or contact Racial Justice Rising at email@racialjusticerising.org or the circle facilitator at website@racialjusticerising.org.