Praxis and Launch Collaborate For a Screening of "Black Girl in Suburbia."

It was a provocative, reflective, and expansive evening when Praxis joined up with The Launch Preschool and After School Program to present the video documentary “Black Girl in Suburbia” followed by breakout group discussion and feedback. The video, produced in 2017 by Portland resident, Melissa Lowery, unpacks the scope and depth of Black girls navigating white dominance and privilege in this country’s school system. The film’s speakers, Black elementary and especially high school students along with several Black adult stakeholder, give testimony to the microaggressions, stereotypes, quest for allies, and survivance strategies that are the every day reality of African American girls in school environments.

As an introduction to the showing of the video, participants were treated to remarks from Brianna Jackson (The Director of Launch), Cynthia Davis-VanLoo (Co-Chair of Praxis), and Praxis member Eula Scott Bynoe, who described her own experiences in the early grades, sometimes the only Black child in the class. After watching the film, the entire room was captured by Katrice Thabet-Chapin who poetically painted verbal portraits of her three amazing daughters - they exemplify resistance, determination, creativity, and activism.

The breakout sessions offered the option of an affinity group for people of color and an affinity group for white people.. Discussions could have easily continued as the clock brought to an end a very successful and critical event.

Nathan Tedrow - 2HS