What do we know about our history? Too many textbooks used in US public schools are from an almost totally Eurocentric perspective. The September 11th Committee For Racial Justice workshop at Virginia Ave. Park will feature a panel of educators discussing the topic “Teaching History as if Black Lives Matter.”

An update will also be given on a Federal Court case that just concluded in which a SMPD officer was found guilty of use of excessive force against an African American Santa Monica resident in a case that originated last year.

The panelists discussing Teaching History as if Black Lives Matter will be:

Jason David, The City School and AWARE-LA/White People 4 Black Lives;

Neva Wallach, USC School of Social Work (former high school history teacher);

Jennifer Macon, Grover Cleveland High School Humanitas Magnet Coordinator;

Rebecca Williams, Grover Cleveland High School Humanitas Magnet 11th grade Coordinator; and Tony Saavedra, Cleveland High School Humanitas Magnet Teacher.

There will be time for discussion of alternative approaches to teaching history and Q & A with the presenters. Join organizers for an interesting and informative evening.

This is part of an ongoing monthly workshop series sponsored by the Committee For Racial Justice.

Co-sponsored by Virginia Ave. Park; the African American Parent, Staff, Student Support Group; and the Church in Ocean Park.

The free workshop will be held on Sept. 11, from 6 – 8:30 p.m. (potluck supper at 6 and program at 6:30 p.m.) Virginia Avenue Park, Thelma Terry Bldg., 2200 Virginia Ave. For more information, call (310) 422-5431.

  • Submitted by Joanne Berlin