We are delighted that Douglas S. Reed, Professor of Government and Director of the MA Program in Educational Transformation at Georgetown University, has agreed to host these sessions that open up discussion around Alexandria's history. He will be joined by Kennetra Wood, ACPS Executive Director of Equity & Alternative Programs who has spearheaded our program to teach racial justice to our students and will play a critical role in shedding light on how the history of ACPS is impacting present programs.
This series of Read-Ins will focus on Alexandria’s history to provide context for the name change discussion our student body, staff and community will be having over the coming months. The series will offer an opportunity to consider and discuss how T.C. Williams' actions reveal the man he was, the role our city leaders played in the fight against integration and the civil strife percolating across the city at the time of the Titan’s victorious season.
All three Read-Ins will be offered in English with real time translation for Spanish, Arabic and Amharic speakers.
Read-In #2: Alexandria’s Role in Massive Resistance and School Segregation
Dr. Douglas S. Reed presents from his book, “Building the Federal School House” and discuss Virginia’s Massive Resistance to School Integration and Alexandria’s Role.
At the second Read-In of the series, Dr. Reed discusses how Alexandria City took part in Virginia’s Massive Resistance, and what role our town leadership played in fighting the integration of our schools. This discussion offers a glimpse into what it was like for Alexandria students during this difficult time in our history. ACPS Director of Alternative Programs & Equity Kennetra Wood will co-host and identify ties to systemic racism rooted in our system. A short Question and Answer period follows the discussion.
Read-In #3: The Real Story Behind "Remember the Titans"
Dr. Douglas S. Reed presents from his book, “Building the Federal School House”, and puts the Remember the Titans story into context.
In the third and final Read-In of the series, Dr. Reed takes a deeper dive into the Titan’s story, setting the stage by discussing riots, protests, systemic injustice, and the resulting civil rights crisis in Alexandria City. This is the un-Disneyfied tale of the merger of our black and white high schools, our integration plan, and a winning football team. ACPS Director of Alternative Programs & Equity Kennetra Wood co-hosts and identifies ties to systemic racism rooted in our system. There is a short Question and Answer period following the discussion.