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Drs. Bree Picower and Tanya Maloney of MSU, co-facilitators for “America to Me: Real Talk Montclair.” ADAM ANIK/FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL

On March 1st, the Montclair Foundation for Educational Excellence launched the “America to Me: Real Talk Montclair” project.

On Sunday, June 14, from 2:30 to 5 p.m., people who have participated in trainings and watched the movie series will come together “to continue developing our individual racial literacy, and to connect what we’ve learned about ourselves to our community.”

The project has taken on increased urgency in the light of recent events, organizers state in an email. 

Sunday’s event  will feature a conversation with Dr. Bettina Love, award-winning author of “We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom,” an associate professor at the University of Georgia. There will also be a panel discussion with series subjects from the “America to Me” series, including former Assistant Principal of Oak Park River Forest (OPRF) High School Dr. Chala Holland, teacher Jessica Stovall, and student Jada Buford.  

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READ: ‘AMERICA TO ME REAL TALK MONTCLAIR’ LAUNCHES

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Following the panel, the afternoon will transition to a working meeting, in which Watch Group participants will share and exchange what emerged through the Watch Group Experiences, facilitated by Dr. Tanya Maloney and Dr. Bree Picower, who have been instrumental in designing this program and trained the Watch Group Leaders.

The afternoon will conclude with a collective brainstorming of ideas for action within Montclair schools and community. To RSVP for a free ticket to Sunday’s event, visit tinyurl.com/ychebjbc. To sign up to join a fall “America to Me” watch group or be a group leader, visit tinyurl.com/ybq9nyo.

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