Film Premiere Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girl in Schools

Date/Time
Date(s) - 10/13/2019
3:00 pm-6:30 pm

Location
YWCA Ulster County

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On October 13th the YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County will host a free screening of the feature length documentary film Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools. Following the film Dr. Monique Morris, author of the book Pushout on which the film is based, will help kick off a panel discussion with local parents, educators and community activists.

Pushout illustrates the educational and judicial disparities faced by African-American girls, leading to the alarming trend of African American girls becoming the fastest growing population in the U.S. criminal justice system.  According to a report from the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights Data, Black girls are 7 times more likely to be suspended from school, and 4 times more likely to be arrested on school campus.

Pushout premiered September 12th at the Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference. The event is especially significant because October is Youth Justice Awareness Month and the screening will be part of the “Black Girl Takeover”, a centering of African American girls in celebration of International Day of the Girl October 11-13th, which will featuring screenings of the film across New York City. The Kingston screening will be the first screening in the state outside of New York City and mark the films upstate New York premiere.

The event will take place in the Main Gym of the YMCA located at 507 Broadway, Kingston, NY from 3:00-6:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public, please RSVP on Eventbrite or via email to: RTyler@ymcaulster.org.

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