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'What is the Amistad Mandate and Why Does It Matter?' Topic of Roundtable

Montclair Schools discuss how African-American history is being taught in classrooms.

"Independent Lens: More Than a Month" is a documentary by Shukree Hassan Tilghman about his campaign to end Black History Month.
"Independent Lens: More Than a Month" is a documentary by Shukree Hassan Tilghman about his campaign to end Black History Month.

Montclair Public Schools will kick off a series of Amistad Community Roundtables starting with “What is the Amistad Mandate and Why Does It Matter?” on Tuesday, Jan. 28.

The discussion between state commissioners and members of the community will begin at 7 p.m. in the Charles H. Bullock School Auditorium, 55 Washington St.

The Amistad Bill passed in 2002 requires New Jersey schools to incorporate African-American history into their social studies curriculum.

The district recently reported that Montclair Schools are in compliance with the Amistad Bill, and these workshops are part of an effort to inform the public about how the district is implementing the law.

Three additional roundtables are planned:

Independent Lens: More Than a Month
Thursday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m.
Mount Hebron Middle School Auditorium
173 Bellevue Ave.

A screening of a documentary by Shukree Hassan Tilghman, a 29-year-old African-American filmmaker who goes on a cross country campaign to end Black History Month.

Women’s History and the Amistad Mandate
Thursday, March 6, at 7 p.m.
Hillside School Auditorium
54 Orange Road 

A conversation with Dr. Saundra Collins, a Professor of Psychology at Montclair State University.

One Noble Journey: A Box Marked Freedom
Tuesday, March 18, at 7 p.m.
Montclair High School Annex, The Little Theatre
141 Park St. 

Mike Wiley, a playwright and actor, tells the story of Henry “Box” Brown, an African-American who took his fate into his hands and devised an escape plan that him sealed in a box and mailed to freedom.

For more information, contact Montclair Public Schools Social Studies Supervisor Davida Harewood at 973-509-4035 or dharewood@montclairk12.nj.us.

Educational childcare will be provided during the roundtables.

 

 

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