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April 25: Screening and panel discussion of Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools

movie poster for PushoutRegister now to attend a free screening and panel discussion of the documentary Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools, taking place 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 25 at the UK Gatton Student Center Worsham Cinema. Light refreshments will be provided.

Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeOEzCMTxe4_w7IMU2mv0u6ejnyo3xRkz9B-5I4TG6X0LG7cA/viewform

The event is hosted by the University of Kentucky College of Education Department of Curriculum and Instruction, UK Office for Institutional Diversity, UK Martin Luther King Center, UK student chapters of the Minority Educators Association and Elementary Education Student Association, and the UK College of Education’s Education and Civil Rights Initiative.

From the filmmakers:

PUSHOUT: THE CRIMINALIZATION OF BLACK GIRLS IN SCHOOLS is a feature length documentary, based on a book of the same name by Dr. Monique Morris, Ed.D., that takes a deep dive into the lives of Black Girls and the practices, cultural beliefs and policies that disrupts one of the most important factors in girl’s lives – education.

The documentary underscores the challenges Black Girls face with insight from experts across the country who have worked extensively in the field of social justice, gender equality and educational equity. These experts give context to the crisis and provide a roadmap for how our educational system and those who interact with Black Girls can provide positive rather than punitive responses to behaviors that are often misunderstood or mis-represented.

While the challenges facing Black Boys in this country has garnered national attention, absent that conversation was how girls of color, particularly Black Girls are being impacted. PUSHOUT addresses that crisis. We hear from girls as young as seven and as old as nineteen, as they describe navigating a society that often marginalizes and dismisses them.

At the same time the documentary lays out how adults and policymakers can address the needs of these young girls and women with positive responses that can short circuit the pervasive over punishment of Black Girls.