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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.

Watch October 1 at 9 PM on VPM PBS. Stream and share on Facebook.


Adrienne Cole The conversations are led by community leader Adrienne Cole Johnson, MSW a social entrepreneur committed to seeking and facilitating creative approaches to change. With leadership experiences with the U.S. House of Representatives, Peter Paul Development Center and most recently the Henrico County Schools, Adrienne has always viewed authentic engagement as paramount to social change.



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.


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.

Find my PBS channel


Type Genre Title
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