Please join in for a Facebook Live on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021 at 6pm to witness history! You’ll see UNC Charlotte Urban Education Collaborative and students from Victory Christian High School, Myers Park High School, Mallard Creek High School, Julius Chambers High School and Druid Hills Academy as they present the Education of Blacks in Charlotte (1920-2020) Online Youth Exhibition to the community. Come view student and award presentations. Log on Facebook on Monday February 22, 2021 at 6pm for the Facebook Live.
Back story: On September 5, 2018, the Charlotte Observer published an article that highlighted that eight CMS schools experienced a decline of more than 10 points in graduation rates. The article stated that the decline in graduation rates hit the hardest among high poverty neighborhood schools and impacted predominately Black, Hispanic, and economically disadvantaged students. Additionally, national data in the United States indicates that Black students consistently perform significantly low on academic assessments compared to White students. These factors and more, contribute to disproportionate rates of school discipline enforced upon Black students. According to the Civil Rights Data Collection (2015), Black students made up 72% of Out of School Suspensions in CMS schools. The need to foster conversations that connect our past to potential remedies for our future community is critical towards building social capital and empowering economic mobility in Charlotte, NC.