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Part II: Equity In Education | Challenging Perceptions

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Why are schools still segregated?

Providing equitable and fair access to education is a way to close achievement gaps between students. However, due to the historic policies rooted in systemic racism, Black and African American families are faced with disparities in education for their children. In this discussion, we will explore how structural racism has influenced the K-12 education system.

Moderator  - Adrienne Cole Johnson, MSW, Social Entrepreneur, Educational Leader, Businesswoman and Community Advocate



Dr. Benjamin Campbell, Religious Leader and Community Activist


Dr. Cassandra Boyd Willis, Veteran Educator, Experienced Researcher and Policy Analyst


Rodney Robinson, Virgie Binford Education Center Educator within Richmond Juvenile Detention Center, National Teacher of the Year (2019)

In this VPM virtual discussion series, community experts and participants will explore:

  • Richmond's history of systemic racism and its impact on our current culture
  • Systemic racism's influence over systems, processes and procedures
  • Disparities in health, education, housing, policing and wealth building in Black communities are rooted in systemic racism
  • New ways to absorb information about unjust systems and encourage authentic conversations with your families and peer groups.

Continue the conversation on social media with #VPMtalk. Register for the panel discussion and watch the broadcast below.


Documentary Education School Interrupted by The Future of America's Past
Podcast Education Nice White Parents from the New York Times
Article Education Getting Real: A Comprehensive Plan To Increase Teachers of Color by Rodney Robinson
Research Education Educational Equity in a Generation by Rev. Benjamin P. Campbell

Zoom Discussion

Thursday, September 17 at 6:00 p.m.
Separate registration for each panel discussion is required. There is space for only 450 participants to provide an engaging experience. A link to the Zoom discussion is shared with participants two days before the event. Each discussion is edited to a one hour program for broadcast.


Thursday, October 1 at 9:00 p.m.
Further the conversation with family and friends by watching the broadcast on VPM PBS and Facebook Live.

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