Freedom School at City Hall
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.
PRESENTATIONS – Freedom School students will give three short presentations on the following topics:
• Ending violence in Seattle
• Ending racial disparities in the criminal justice system
• Improving youth and police relations
PANEL – Following the presentations, Freedom School students and audience members will have a chance to engage in conversation on these issues with the following panel members:
• Mike O’Brien, Seattle City Council
• Julie Nelson, Seattle Office of Civil Rights
• Assistant Chief Mike Sanford, Seattle Police Department
• TBD representative from City Attorney’s office
More on Freedom Schools
In the summer of 1964, over 30 freedom schools were created in Mississippi to draw attention to racial inequities in the public education system. In 1966, for two days, thousands of K-12 students poured out of Seattle’s public schools and attended “freedom schools” across the city to protest racial segregation in the Seattle school system.
The Tyree Scott Freedom School in Seattle carries on the tradition of those earlier freedom schools, teaching approximately 40 students about the history of racism, the struggles and achievements of people of color, and the rich history of local community organizing for racial justice.
Freedom school is a 10-day program and these presentations are part of the culminating experience for the young people involved, offering them a chance to share what they have learned and offer their ideas on some of the most challenging issues we face. Please join us!
Questions – call (206-233-3811) or email me (firstname.lastname@example.org).