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Chicago Teachers Union Leads Discussion on Race and Public Education at the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Breakfast

CHICAGO—In commemoration of the birth of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Chicago Teachers Union will host a discussion on race and public education during a special breakfast forum at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, 1250 W. 119th Street. Co-hosted by Chicago Parents, Educators and Clergy for Education (PEACE), the program is open to the public.

Chicago PEACE is an organizing and information exchange committee where local clergy are invited to collaborate with education professionals, parents and others in addressing poverty, race and class issues impacting the city’s 405,000 public school students.

“Faith communities are significant anchors in many of the neighborhoods targeted for school closings and therefore clergy have a powerful role in shaping the discussion on school reform,” said CTU President Karen GJ Lewis. “More than 100 schools are being targeted and we want to ensure that all of the community stakeholders have the information they need to lend voice to this fight.”

In addition to Lewis, other speakers include the Rev. Paul Jakes, pastor of New Tabernacle of Faith Baptist Church; the Rev. Alvin Love, pastor of Lilydale First Baptist Church and chairman of Chicago PEACE; Jitu Brown, lead education organizer for the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization; DePaul professor Kenneth Saltman; and keynote speaker the Rev. Wendell Anthony, president of the Detroit branch of the NAACP. 

Presenters will also discuss findings from CTU’s recent report, “The Black and White of Education in Chicago Public Schools,” which analyzed the effects of Chicago Public Schools action schemes that masquerade as educational policy and marginalize and destabilize many of Chicago’s at-risk communities.

The national Martin Luther King Holiday is celebrated the third Monday of each January. The civil rights icon was born January 15, 1929. 

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The Chicago Teachers Union represents 30,000 teachers and educational support personnel working in the Chicago Public Schools and, by extension, the students and families they serve. CTU, an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers and the Illinois Federation of Teachers, is the third largest teachers local in the country and the largest local union in Illinois. For more information visit CTU’s website at www.ctunet.com.

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