While the Black Parents Workshop is rooted in the struggle of Black children in the communities of South Orange and Maplewood in New Jersey, we recognize the experiences of youth here is similar to that of suburban communities across the United States. Data from the 2010 Census shows that 55% of the African-American population now resides in suburbs. Our work, therefore, cannot take place in a silo. We have to see the struggle for equity as a shared concern and we intend to find ways to collaborate with groups across the country that have made the issue of educational equity their focus.
What we have learned from our work in South Orange and Maplewood is that there is a pattern of behaviors that put Black children at-risk in suburban communities. We identify several trends.
These tendencies stack the deck against Black children in suburban communities, and creates an environment that is not only not conducive to learning but exacts long-term harm upon our children. The work required to shield Black children from these abuses is the equivalent of a Black Tax that is levied upon Black families in the suburbs.
We are looking to work collaboratively with organizations that share our focus and our passion for educational equity. In spring 2018, we intend to sponsor a national conference that will examine Black educational attainment in suburban America. If your group has an interest in working with us, please drop us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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