Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools – Screening & Discussion

Join WITF in partnership with the Harrisburg Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. on Wednesday, September 9 at 7pm for a virtual sneak preview of the documentary film Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools before it premieres on WITF TV. Afterwards, stay with us as a panel of experts discuss the film. This event is supported by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency.

This virtual preview screening event is presented in collaboration with WITF’s Toward Racial Justice series which features conversations on racial justice to educate, engage and inspire change.

Major Kristal-Turner Childs will moderate this event. She is the director of Bureau of Forensic Services with the Pennsylvania State Police, a WITF Board member, and a member of the Harrisburg Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Panelists include:

  • Monique W. Morris, EDD — Executive Producer & Writer, PUSHOUT
  • Jenni Chavis — Attorney, Chavis Law Firm, LLC
  • Dr. Sabina Grant-Spencer — Assistant Principal, Harrisburg SciTech
  • Dr. Ericka Pinckney NCC, LPC — Independent Contractor and Associate Clinical Director – Intellectual Disability Services, Human Service Organization

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Can’t make the preview event?
Watch the full broadcast premiere on WITF TV September 17 at 8pm.

PUSHOUT: THE CRIMINALIZATION OF BLACK GIRLS IN SCHOOLS is a feature length documentary that takes a deep dive into the lives of Black girls and the practices, cultural beliefs and policies that disrupts one of the most important factors in girls’ lives – education. The documentary underscores the challenges Black girls face with insight from experts across the country who have worked extensively in the field of social justice, gender equality and educational equity. These experts give context to the crisis and provide a roadmap for how our educational system and those who interact with Black girls can provide a positive rather than punitive response to behaviors that are often misunderstood or mis-represented. While the challenges facing Black boys in this country have garnered national attention, absent from that conversation was how girls of color, particularly Black girls, are being impacted. PUSHOUT addresses that crisis.The documentary focuses on challenges Black girls face, emphasizing first-person narratives from girls. We hear from them as young as the age of seven and as old as 19. They describe navigating a society that often marginalizes and dismisses them. At the same time the documentary lays out how adults and policy makers can address the needs of these young girls and women with positive responses that can short circuit the pervasive over punishment of Black girls.

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