Event: An Evening with the Author of PUSHOUT: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools


Please Join us for a Book Reading and Discussion with Monique W. Morris, the author of PUSHOUT: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools

Monday, May 2nd
7 PM
Zocalo Coffee House
645 Bancroft Ave, San Leandro

Only 16% of all female students are black, but Black girls make up a third of all girls arrested for school-related matters.  In her book, Morris tells their stories and exposes how the School to Prison pipeline particularly hurts Black Girls.  For four years, she chronicled the experiences of black girls across the country whose intricate lives are misunderstood, highly judged—by teachers, administrators, and the justice system—and degraded by the very institutions charged with helping them flourish. Morris shows how, despite obstacles, stigmas, stereotypes, and despair, black girls still find ways to breathe remarkable dignity into their lives in classrooms, juvenile facilities, and beyond.

The discussion will focus on what we can do to help destroy the School to Prison pipeline in San Leandro and other area schools.

“Monique Morris is a fearless and brilliant intellectual. Her groundbreaking work illuminates the pernicious challenges at the intersection of race and gender for African American girls in our education and criminal justice systems, and speaks directly and powerfully into the current moment.”

Sherrilyn Ifill, president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and author of On the Courthouse Lawn

This FREE book reading and discussion is co-sponsored by SL SAFE, Black Lives Matter Yard Sign Project: San Leandro & Beyond, the Inter Council for Mothers of Murdered Children, and San Leandro High School’s Social Justice Academy.