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Local leaders to host town hall meeting to discuss banning pro-Black T-shirts, what's next for Bakersfield schools

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Posted at 3:52 PM, Sep 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-16 19:21:21-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Wednesday evening the Bakersfield NAACP along with the ACLU, local teacher Kei Jackson and Menna Harris of Phenomenal will host a town hall meeting to discuss banning pro-Black T-shirts and what's next for Bakersfield schools.

This conversation follows an incident where Greenfield Union School District prohibited local teacher Kei Jackson from wearing her "Phenomenally Black" T-shirt during Black History Month.

Since the incident, the ACLU, the NAACP of Bakersfield, and Phenomenal have worked together to send a letter to the district expressing concern over their decision.

“We support Black students and staff showing that they are 'Phenomenally Black' in Kern County and across the country. The ACLU sent a letter expressing deep concern that “the district has created a hostile environment for Black students and staff in its schools by subjecting them to differential treatment and degrading, off-handed comments.”

The conversation will be held live on Zoom and can be watched on Facebook from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Panelists include local teacher Kei Jackson, Menna Harris of Phenomenal, Akadius Ashby of the NAACP and Abre Conner of the ACLU.

The conversation will be moderated by Tiara King, Political Analyst and Community Activist.

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