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Live Here, Learn Here Community Conversation at Weeksville Heritage Center

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Weeksville Heritage Center

158 Buffalo Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11213

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Are you helping to raise the next generation of Central Brooklyn kids? Come spend an evening getting to know your neighbors and talking about family, home, schools, and community. Together, we'll watch "Laundry City," a play by Epic NEXT Theater Ensemble, and ponder this question:

How will we work together to fight for equity in our schools?

  • LAUNDRY CITY is a deeply researched, student-written, student-performed satire of the current state of education in New York City. More than 60 years after Brown v. Board of Education, New York City is one of the most segregated school districts in the United States. Conceived, written, and performed by NYC Public High School students, LAUNDRY CITY is a hilarious and provocative exploration of what “Separate but Equal” means to us today.
  • Live Here, Learn Here is a diverse network of Central Brooklyn residents committed to the idea that strong schools are the heart of a strong community. We work collectively with school and district leadership to encourage community building centered around our schools, and add our voices to the fight for equity and social justice in the New York City educational system.
  • Weeksville Heritage Center, Brooklyn’s largest African-American cultural institution, is a multidisciplinary museum dedicated to preserving the history of the 19th century African American community of Weeksville, Brooklyn—one of America’s first free black communities.
  • The Human Root is dedicated to bridging cultural gaps between people to create, improve and maintain relationships and institutions that honor our individual and collective humanity. We use social and emotional learning to help communities expand their consciousness, accountability and vision, and to thrive on equity—"everyone gets what they need."

We are proud to be working together to present a series of community conversations this fall. Past sessions explored the challenges of being a parent in Brooklyn today, and the values and perspectives we bring to the process of choosing schools for our children. We're continuing that conversation into session #3, and celebrating the holiday season together.

DINNER IS POTLUCK! We'll "chat 'n' chew" from 6-7, and start the show promptly at 7. Bring a friend, bring a dish to share, and bring the kids. (LHLH core committee is firing up the crock pots and focusing on main dishes, so salads/sides/desserts/drinks are most welcome -- but really, bring whatever you wish!) We'll provide fun, high-quality childcare from Trail Blazers for kids over the age of five (younger children are welcome to stay with the adults), and some pizza to make everyone extra happy.

Special thanks to Trail Blazers and to New York Appleseed for the support.

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