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Saturday, August 2 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
From Brown v. Board of Education to Today: Engaging Parents and Students in the Struggle for Equality in Education

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Sixty years after the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed segregation in public schools, New York has the most segregated schools in the nation. This workshop will explore what's been won and lost since the Brown v. Board of Education decision. Participants will discuss how key factors including geography, race, income and expectations impact resources available to students and schools and develop tactics and strategies for engaging parents and students in the fight for equal access to quality education.


Zakiyah Ansari

Advocacy Director, Alliance for Quality Education
Zakiyah Ansari is the Advocacy Director of the New York State Alliance for Quality Education (AQE), the leading statewide organization that has been fighting for educational equity for the last decade. Zakiyah was one of the few parent advocates appointed to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Transition Committee. Zakiyah resides in the East Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY. She is also the mother of eight children and grandmother of 3. Zakiyah... Read More →

Billy Easton

Executive Director, Alliance for Quality Education
Since 2005 Mr. Easton has been the Executive Director of AQE.  He brings 30 years of experience in community and union organizing and a wealth of experience in strategy, media relations, politics and legislative activity to his work at AQE.  Billy provides significant leadership to the organizing, policy, media relations and strategic work of AQE and partner organizations. He has provided a major leadership role in... Read More →

Senator Kevin Parker

Kevin S. Parker was first elected to the New York State Senate in 2002. A lifelong resident of Brooklyn, Senator Parker represents the diverse 21st Senatorial District which includes: Flatbush, East Flatbush, Midwood, Ditmas Park, Kensington, Windsor Terrace and Park Slope. The five-term Senator is Ranking Member of the Committee on Energy & Telecommunications, and the Committee on Alcoholism & Substance Abuse. He is also Chair of the... Read More →

Saturday August 2, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Fort Orange 7

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