A Panel Discussion on Quality Education as a Constitutional Right
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On March 11th 2005, civil rights leader-turned-activist Robert Moses invited 100 African American and Latino educators and activists to a three day conference at Howard University. Moses called this assembly for one reasonâhis agenda was and is to create a âgrassroots movement to amend the Constitution to make quality education a constitutionally guaranteed right.â? And from their meeting emerged the book, Quality Education as a Constitutional Right.
Now, in Quality Education as a Constitutional Right, some of the most prominent progressive voices in education respond to Mosesâs call for the urgent need for quality education for Black, Brown, and poor children. Like the generations that came before them, the bookâs contributors have âthe fire for justice in their bonesâ? and their shared hope is that this book will provide local communities with the tools needed to energize the conversation about the quality of education their children deserve and how to go about demanding it, writes Simmons College education professor Theresa Perry, in the bookâs introduction.
Two of Quality Education as a Constitutional Right’s authors, Bob Moses and Princeton University’s own, Professor Imani Perry, along with Lauren Veasey will participate in a panel discussion on quality education and this grassroots movement.
Robert P. Moses is one of the leading civil rights icons from the 1960s. He was the former field secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the main organizer of the Freedom Summer project, which was intended to end racial disfranchisement. In 1982 he received a MacArthur âGeniusâ? Fellowship and used the money to create the Algebra Project, which serves ten thousand students in twenty-eight cities nationwide and follows the philosophy of grassroots community organizing to promote math literacy. In 2001, with Charles Cobb, Moses published Radical Equations: Civil Rights from Mississippi to the Algebra Project.
Imani Perry is professor at Princeton University in the Center for African American Studies. Perry is the author of Prophets of the Hood: Politics and Poetics in Hip Hop (2004) and the forthcoming Righteous Hope: The Making and Unmaking of Racial Inequality in the 21st-century United States. She is also the author of more than two dozen articles, essays, and book chapters on race, law, and cultural studies.
Lauren Veasey works with the Young People’s Project (www.typp.org) as national network organizer to re-launch the Quality Education as a Constitutional Right (QECR) initiative. She received her Master of Education degree in Education Policy & Research from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and African-American Studies from Stanford University.