Tyree Scott Freedom School

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Curriculum for racial justice

Marcel Purnell

Marcel Purnell at Friends Center in Philadelphia

Marcel Purnell has worked with AFSC in Seattle for three years. 

Structural violence is rarely covered by school curriculums, but many students know they’re not learning the whole picture. In Seattle, Marcel Purnell and Dustin Washington provide an alternative education, equipping young people with organizing skills that they’re using to undo institutional racism.

Framing your anti-racist organizing: 3 tips from the Tyree Scott Freedom School

Dustin Washington, Community Justice Program Director for AFSC's West Region, shares three tips for anti-racist organizing based on his experience as an organizer with the Tyree Scott Freedom School.

Freedom School, Part I: Speaking truths to undo racism

Freedom School participants outside

Twenty-five young people, ranging from 15 to 21 years old, took part in this summer's Tyree Scott Freedom School in South Seattle.

In Seattle, AFSC’s Tyree Scott Freedom School brings together young adults to discuss issues of institutional racism, systemic poverty, and the prison-industrial complex, and to learn organizing skills to tackle these issues.

Freedom School at City Hall

Friday, August 10, 2012 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Tyree Scott Leadership Institute

Tyree Scott Freedom School

Tyree Scott Freedom School

Please consider joining Councilmember O’Brien in Bertha Knight Landes on Friday, August 10 from 12:00-1:30 for a series of presentations and panel discussion with the students in the 2012 Tyree Scott Freedom School. This will be a great RSJI event and all are welcome to attend. Feel free to bring your lunch.

Event details

PRESENTATIONS – Freedom School students will give three short presentations on the following topics:

•             Ending violence in Seattle

Tyree Scott -- History Link

Tyree Scott Head Shot

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Students exploring racism

Tyree Freedom School

At the Freedom school, youth explored issues of Racism, poverty, militarism, community organizing and leadership development. This video contains interviews of youth and clips of actual Freedom School dialogues. Many youth attending this Freedom school are now active in Youth Undoing Institutional Racism (YUIR ).

Tyree Scott Winter Freedom School

Monday, December 29, 2014 - 10:00am - Tuesday, December 30, 2014 - 4:00pm

Tyree Scott Winter Freedom School

December 29-30, 2014
10:00am – 4:00pm

At the Freedom School we examine:
Why are people poor?
Why are so many people of color in prison?
Explore history you’re not taught in school.
Know your rights with the police.
Learn how to undo racism.
Develop leadership and community organizing skills.
…and much more…

Dustin Washington Asks Provocative Questions About Race and Education

Dustin Washington coordinates the Tyree Scott Freedom School, which teaches young people about racism and how to organize to undo it, through his work at American Friends Service Committee's Seattle office.

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