Brave Spaces and Safe Spaces

The following information was provided by AMRCP Steering Committee member and parent of children in Marshall Public Schools, Keena Williams:

Safe spaces are spaces where we are surrounded by individuals we are comfortable with. They allow us to be our most authentic and vulnerable selves while showing empathy to those around us. Brave spaces ask us to be vulnerable, authentic, and empathetic with individuals we may not know well, or at all. Building on the successes of our children, who have shown tremendous courage and growth, the AMRCP is excited to invite adults in our communities to enter into dialogue with one another and aid one another in the process of our own healing.

Community Cookbook – Collecting Recipes!

We are collecting recipes for a Community Cookbook that will be given out later in the year. The cookbook will be a symbol of our communities coming together, sharing our cultures and family traditions.
Please share your favorite recipe with us at info@starr.org, message our Facebook page at facebook.com/amrcp, or give it us in person at one of our events. Please also include the city where you live.

Upcoming Events

Be on the lookout for info about a financial empowerment fair, other workshops, and a movie screening happening later this year. Get on our email list for notices of upcoming events by contacting info@starr.org or calling 1-800-837-5591.

–Thursday, October 5 – 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. —
Community Book Reading and Discussion – ‘Those Kids, Our Schools’
Albion District Library, 501 S. Superior Street, Naomi Lane Room
Albion, MI 49224

The Albion-Marshall Resilient Communities Project (AMRCP) invites you to join the Community Book Reading and discussion of ‘Those Kids, Our Schools’ by Shayla Reese Griffin, PhD.

A free copy of the book is available with participation. Please register at amrcp.org/registration to ensure we have enough copies of the book.

This series of discussions began on Thursday, September 21 and will continue every other Thursday from 6 -7:30 p.m. in the Naomi Lane Room at the Albion District Library (501 S. Superior St, Albion, MI 49224).

The book will be discussed during each meeting as follows:
Sept. 21: Introduction – page 21
Oct. 5: Part I – Students – Pages 25 – 95
Oct. 19: Part II – Teachers – Pages 99 – 156
Nov. 2: Part III – Administrators – Pages 159 – 197
Nov. 16: Part IV – Intervention – Pages 201 – 240

A brief description of the book from http://hepg.org/hep-home/books/those-kids,-our-schools

In ‘Those Kids, Our Schools,’ Shayla Reese Griffin examines patterns of racial interaction in a large, integrated high school and makes a powerful case for the frank conversations that educators could and should be having about race in schools.

Over three years, Griffin observed students, teachers, and administrators in a “post-racial” exurban high school in the Midwest. In its hallways, classrooms, lunchrooms, and staff meetings, she uncovered the disturbing ways in which racial tensions and prejudices persist and are reinforced. Students engaged in patterns of behavior that underscored racial hierarchies. Teachers—no matter how intellectually committed to equity and diversity—often lacked the skills, resources, or authority to address racial issues, while administrators failed to acknowledge racial tensions or recognize how school practices and policies perpetuated racial inequality.

This astute and thoughtful book offers a revealing glimpse into the world of young people struggling with the legacy of racism. More important, it highlights the disservice being done to all students in our schools when educators fail to critically interrogate issues of race. Griffin’s perceptive analysis illuminates the persistent influence of race in our education system and shows how—with appropriate support—teachers and students can develop the capacity to address racial issues and dynamics in schools in a frank and constructive way.

In Michigan, Shayla Reese Griffin is the diversity and school culture consultant for the Washtenaw Intermediate School District and director of Creating Culturally Proficient Communities, a five-year initiative to improve racial and economic justice in Ypsilanti Community Schools.

 

Activity Descriptions

The following activities will take place over 2017:

Community Conversations:

These conversations are designed to provide honest dialogue on how to move forward collectively after the annexation of Albion Public Schools by Marshall Public Schools. Within each community, we will offer a safe, yet brave space to express our feelings, concerns, and fears, along with our triumphs, joys, and hopes for the future. Safe spaces are spaces where we are surrounded by individuals we are comfortable with. They allow us to be our most authentic and vulnerable selves while showing empathy to those around us. Brave spaces ask us to be vulnerable, authentic, and empathetic with individuals we may not know well, or at all. Building on the successes of our children, who have shown tremendous courage and growth, the AMRCP is excited to invite adults in our communities to enter into dialogue with one another and aid one another in the process of our own healing so that we may fully support our youth as they need.

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Kick-Off Open House

  • Please drop by the Ludington Center in downtown Albion on Saturday, February 25, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m to learn about a variety of opportunities throughout the year to engage through field trips, movie screenings, book discussions, fellowship, the arts, workshops, and structured dialogues.
  • All events are free and open to the public.
  • You can stop by the Ludington Center, located at 101 North Superior Street, Albion, Michigan,  49224, for 15-20 minutes to receive a packet of information about the project and register for upcoming events!