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Fifty Years and Counting: Lessons from the Ocean Hill-Brownsville Teachers...

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The 1968-69 school year was shattered when the local Brooklyn community of Ocean Hill-Brownsville, in an effort to gain educational self-determination, clashed with the United Federation of Teachers. The conflict escalated into a citywide strike, laying bare the city’s simmering racial anxiety and stark academic disparity. Hear past voices from the front lines of this history, including Charles Isaacs, former teacher and author of Inside Ocean Hill–Brownsville A Teacher's Education, 1968-69, and Monifa Edwards, the 1969 valedictorian at the school that started it all, JHS 271. Joining them are Pratt Institute’s Heather Lewis, author of New York City Public Schools from Brownsville to Bloomberg: The Community Control Movement and its Legacy. Moderated by Mark Winston Griffith, Executive Director of Brooklyn Movement Center.

Presented in partnership with Brooklyn Movement Center.

For questions about this event or other inquiries, contact our Visitor Services desk at 718-222-4111, ext. 250.

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Fifty Years and Counting: Lessons from the Ocean Hill-Brownsville Teachers Strike
Monday, January 14
Doors: 6:00 pm
Event: 6:30 pm

$5 General Admission / Free for Members

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