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Plum Borough School District News Article

A Joint Statement from Superintendents in Allegheny County

 
 
                                      
 
 

Plum Borough School District has joined the Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU) and all suburban school districts in Allegheny County, including five Career and Technical Centers (CTCs), in issuing joint statement solidifying its commitment to families and students of all backgrounds. Plum Borough School District stands firmly against acts of prejudice and racism. The joint statement is below:

“As Allegheny County educators, we strive to ensure welcoming, inclusive, and safe learning environments for all of our students and families. We are committed to nurturing schools where each and every child is respected and valued as an individual regardless of skin color, gender, orientation, religion, ability or disability, or any other category.  

 

We stand together in support of our students and families of color and against acts of prejudice and racism. We will continue to work to ensure educational equity for all students and stand in solidarity with our black and brown students and families.”  

 

A listing of all participating schools and centers is as follows:

                         

 Allegheny Valley

East Allegheny 

Mount Lebanon 

South Fayette Townhip 

 Avonworth

Elizabeth Forward 

North Allegheny 

South Park 

A.W. Beattie CTC 

Forbes Road CTC 

North Nills 

Steel Center CTC 

Baldwin-Whitehall 

Fox Chapel Area 

Northgate 

Steel Valley 

Bethel Park 

Gateway 

Parkway West CTC 

Sto-Rox 

Breantwood 

Hampton Township 

Penn Hills 

Upper St. Clair

Carlynton 

Highlands 

Pine-Richland 

West Allegheny 

Chartiers Valley 

Keystone Oaks 

Plum Borough 

West Jefferson Hills 

Clairton City 

McKeesport Area 

Quaker Valley 

West Mifflin Area 

Cornell 

McKeesport Area CTC 

Riverview 

Wilkinsburg Borough 

Deer Lakes 

Montour 

Shaler Area 

Woodland Hills 

Duquesne City

Moon Area 

South Allegheny 

 


Below is a list of hyperlinked resources you may find helpful as you discuss current events with your child(ren).

      Podcast: The Frontline Dispatch: Race, Police, and the Pandemic

      Portal: National Museum of African American History and Culture, Talking About Race

      Webinar: Let's Talk! Teaching Black Lives Matter

      Articles:
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            Your Kids Aren't Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup
            Why Teaching Black Lives Matter Matters | Part 1

            Bringing Black Lives Matter Into the Classroom | Part II
 

      Books:
            These Books Can Help You Explain Racism and Protest to Your Kids
            Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners

       31 Children's books to support conversations on race, racism and resistance 

                   Films: 

“13th” (Netflix)
From Ava DuVernay, “13th” is a documentary depicting the history of racial inequality in America with a focus on prisons and the ways in which the 13th Amendment has contributed to the disproportionate incarceration of Black people in America. 

“American Son” (Netflix)
A Broadway play-turned-Netflix feature written by Christopher Demos-Brown, “American Son” takes a look at racial injustice within the police system and the very real ways it affects one interracial family. Directed by Kenny Leon and starring Kerry Washington and Steven Pasquale.

“When They See Us” (Netflix)
Created, co-written, and directed by Ava DuVernay, “When They See Us” centers on the false accusations of five Black and Latino males, known as the “Central Park Five,” and the fraudulent charges and prison time they faced in relation to the rape and assault of a woman in late 1980s New York.

“BlacKKKlansman” (Hulu)
A return to form for the legendary auteur Spike Lee. Starring John David Washington and Adam Driver, the film follows the true story of an African American police officer (Washington) who infiltrated the KKK with the help of his Jewish colleague (Driver). A mix of comedy, drama, and social justice imagery, the 2018 film won an Oscar for best adapted screenplay.

“Blindspotting” (HBO Max)
The brainchild of Broadway’s “Hamilton” star Daveed Diggs and long-time friend, poet, and actor Rafael Casal, this powerful film examines the complex relationship between best friends from the same neighborhood, one Black and one white. The narrative focuses on ideas of privilege, whiteness, incarceration, and racial profiling, and features an incredible spoken-word monologue from Diggs.

“Detroit” (Hulu)
Kathryn Bigelow’s 2017 feature “Detroit” turns back the clock on the 1967 Detroit riots, one of the largest riots in United States history. The powerful story features heartwrenching performances from John Boyega, Anthony Mackie, Algee Smith, and more. Sadly, and unsurprisingly, the events from more than 50 years prior remain resonant. 

“Fruitvale Station” (Rent or Buy on Amazon)
Ryan Coogler writes and directs this biographical drama that follows Oscar Grant III, a Black man, on the last day of his life before he is killed by public transportation security in the Bay Area. The critically acclaimed film features a career-making performance from Michael B. Jordan.

“If Beale Street Could Talk” (Hulu)
A gorgeous look at the romance between a young Black couple that is tested when the man is wrongfully arrested. Academy Award winner Barry Jenkins (“Moonlight”) adapts James Baldwin’s “If Beale Street Could Talk” for the big screen. The film features stunning performances from KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Regina King, Colman Domingo, and Teyonah Parris.

“Loving” (Rent or Buy on Amazon)
Based on the true story of the Virginia arrest of an interracial married couple in the United States that lead to Supreme Court’s historic decision in 1967. It’s a heartbreaking but beautiful look at the prejudice they suffered and overcame powered by stellar performances from Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga, who received an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Mildred Loving.

“Mudbound” (Netflix)
Directed by Dee Rees, this 2017 Netflix entry centering on two men—one Black and one white—from the same small town in Mississippi returning from World War II, and the stark differences in what coming home after years overseas means. It stars Mary J. Blige, Jason Mitchell, Carey Mulligan, Jonathan Banks, and Garrett Hedlund.

“Queen & Slim”
As much an of-the-moment Black Lives Matter feature as you’re likely to get, this gorgeous and devastating feature from screenwriter Lena Waithe and director Melina Matsoukas stars Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith as a Bonnie and Clyde on the run after they shoot a racist, brutalizing cop in self-defense.

“Seven Seconds” (Netflix)
A Netflix original series starring Oscar and Emmy Award winner Regina King, “Seven Seconds” follows the story of a white police officer who kills a Black child in a hit-and-run accident and the racial tensions that follow.

“Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement” (YouTube)
“Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement” is a documentary that premiered on BET in 2016. Led by Jesse Williams, the piece explores how the Black Lives Matter movement came to be. 

“The Hate U Give” (Hulu)
This 2018 feature directed by George Tillman Jr. stars Amandla Stenberg as a young woman who witnesses the fatal shooting of her best friend at the hands of a police officer and follows the action she takes thereafter.

 

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