Beacon Hill Black Alliance hosts workshop, press demands to maximize school year

Parents, students, and teachers can find out how to awaken the genius in their children at “Back to School With the Right Attitude” workshops on Sept. 15 at Ebster Recreational Center in Decatur.

The workshops, sponsored by the Beacon Hill Black Alliance for Human Rights, will provide strategies to positively interact with teachers and school administrators. 

Let Us Make Man, a group focused on African-American youth development, will conduct the seminars.

“We want to empower the parents and students in City Schools of Decatur, DeKalb County, and surrounding areas,” said Derrick Boazman, convener and co-founder of Let Us Make Man.

The seminars take place 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Ebster Recreational Center is at 105 Electric Ave.

Beacon Hill Black Alliance for Human Rights has also launched a  petition campaign to support seven equity demands it has made on City Schools of Decatur.

The demands are:

• An immediate end to out-of-school suspensions for kindergarten to fifth grades effective Oct. 1.

• An immediate commitment to, and engagement with the Georgia Department of Education and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports as governed by the GDOE.

• An immediate release of all discipline and gifted services data disaggregated by race.

• The establishment of a clear grievance process with procedures for students and parents to address teacher and administrator discrimination.

• The development of a District Wide Equity Plan.

• Mandatory implicit bias training for all teachers and staff.

• That all teacher, administrator, and staff evaluations specifically rate their cultural competence and efforts to engage in culturally responsive teaching and/or practices.

Mawuli Davis, the alliance chairman, said its members will be outside Decatur High School at 6 p.m. on Sept. 13 during Curriculum Night to support the demands, which it delivered to the Decatur Board of Education at its Sept. 11 meeting. 

Supporters can also sign the petition at curriculum night or at https://www.change.org/p/dr-lillie-support-equity-in-the-city-schools-of-decatur

For more information, contact Mawuli Davis at mdavis@davisbozemanlaw.com or 404-391-1083 or visit www.facebook.com/beaconhillblackalliance.