New York has the most segregated schools in the country. New York City is home to the largest and one of the most segregated public school systems in the nation – read that again: IN THE NATION. A homogenized city it is not. Not on the streets, the sidewalks, subways or bodegas, anyway. But the schools are another story altogether. How does this happen? And why?
As part of WNYC's Power Lines series, join poet and activist Staceyann Chin as we dig deeply into these questions and open a conversation about the ways that a segregated learning environment impacts our communities at large – our neighborhoods, our families, our lives. Activist and former NFL player Wade Davis II, Fusion reporter Collier Meyerson, documentary filmmaker Hamilton Harris and television critic Matt Zoller Seitz will bring their insights as thinkers, artists and parents all trying to affect change in our city’s ongoing struggle with race, class, and inequality.
About the moderator and panelists:
Staceyann Chin (moderator): Staceyann Chin is a Jamaican-born poet and activist, whose latest one-woman show, "Motherstruck," directed by Cynthia Nixon, is currently in previews at the Lynn Redgrave Theater.
Wade Davis II (panelist): Former NFL Player Wade Davis is a thought leader, writer, public speaker and educator on gender, race and orientation equality. Davis is currently a senior consultant at YSC, a global leadership consulting firm, as well as the NFL’s first LGBT diversity and inclusion consultant, and the executive director of the You Can Play Project, an organization dedicated to ending discrimination, sexism and homophobia in sports.
Hamilton Harris (panelist): Hamilton Harris is a Bronx-born, Harlem-raised musician, artist, skateboarder and writer. He was a principal cast member of the controversial 1995 film, “Kids” and is currently in production on a documentary about the real lives of the characters from Larry Clark’s cult classic.
Collier Meyerson (panelist): Collier Meyerson is a reporter at Fusion with a focus on race and women.
Matt Zoller Seitz (panelist): Matt Zoller Seitz is editor in chief of RogerEbert.com, television critic for New York Magazine and Vulture.com, and the author of several books including "The Wes Anderson Collection."
Join the conversation on social media using hashtag #SegregatedBrooklyn.
This event's media partner is The Establishment. The Establishment is a multimedia company run and funded by women that’s predicated on a simple, yet radical notion: the world is a better, more interesting place when everyone has a voice.
Power Lines is supported in part by the Ford Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.