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Saturday, May 11, 2019
PUSH for Excellence to Hold First Annual Education Summit
Seeking to End Inequality
CHICAGO – On the 65th anniversary of the monumental Brown v. Board of Education decision, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition’s PUSH for Excellence program will hold its first annual education summit, featuring scholars, journalists, school superintendents, parents, business leaders and other stakeholders:
Friday, May 17, 2019
8 A.M. – 4 P.M.
Ida B. Wells Lounge
430 S. Michigan Ave.
The goal of the summit – “Education in America: We Must Address the Crisis” – is to produce a set of urban education policy priorities and proposals to present to the 2020 presidential candidates as well as to Chicago’s incoming mayor, Lori Lightfoot, a champion of education equity and reform.
Award-winning investigative reporter and New York Times Magazine staff writer, Nikole Hannah-Jones, who has written extensively about civil rights, social injustice and the re-segregation of the nation’s schools, will be the keynote speaker at the summit luncheon.
“Urban education is in deep and profound crisis,” said Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., who founded PUSH for Excellence (PUSH Excel) in 1976 to advocate for equity and excellence in America’s urban schools. “Sixty-five years after Brown v. Board, the struggle to end segregation in our schools continues. But in most of America today, it’s not race that separates and segregates our school children. It’s resources. It’s not talent. It’s opportunity and access.”
Rev. Jackson, Hannah-Jones, Rev. Janette C. Wilson, national executive director of PUSH Excel, Dr. Julianne Malveaux, PUSH Excel president, Judge Greg Mathis, PUSH Excel Chairman, and other summit participants, will hold a news conference at 10:30 A.M. to discuss the scope of America’s urban education crisis.
“The sin of resource segregation is evident at every rung of the education ladder – from pre-school through college,” Rev. Wilson said. “The failure to provide students of color and students who are poor with equal access to STEAM and other educational opportunities in this technological age is a grave disservice to them and to the future of our country. Finding ways to right this wrong, to end these inequalities, is what this summit is all about.”
Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a multi-racial, multi-issue, progressive, international organization that was formed in December 1996 by the Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. through merging of two organizationshe founded Operation PUSH People United to Serve Humanity (estab. 1971) and the Rainbow Coalition (estab. 1984). With headquarters in Chicago and offices in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Detroit,Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Oakland, the organization works to make the American Dream a reality for all citizens while advocating for peace and justice around the world. RPC is dedicated to improving the lives of all people by serving as a voice for the voiceless. Its mission is to protect, defend and gain civil rights by leveling the economic and educational playing fields while promoting peace and justice around the world.