Calendar of Events
Below is the current calendar for programming. We are working with student leaders and community organizations to continue to shape the calendar and implement activities.
Descriptions of Events
- School-wide distribution of books: Distributed to all students during 3rd hour. Each book will be handed out with a bookmark that includes the website and calendar of events.
- Contests: Students will have the opportunity to create art to share their reactions to the book and the issues in the book. Some contest ideas include creating promotional posters and other art, rewriting the ending, and writing poetry.
- Kick-Off Read: Students and staff are invited to the Kick-Off to listen to the first chapter.
- MPD Discussions : Officers from the Madison Police Department will be invited to speak with students about their jobs and their reactions during discussions about the book.
- Circle Discussions: Students, staff and community members will be invited to participate in various Circle discussions about the book and the challenging topics of policing and racism. These Circles will be grounded in the principles of Restorative Justice, held in Memorial’s Peace Room, and facilitated by trained JMM students and staff.
- Art Gallery: In the novel, Rashad draws inspiration from artist Aaron Douglas. The Art Department will be working with students to create art connected to the book.
- Microaggression Presentation and Privilege Walk: Student leaders will define and explore microaggressions and lead a large group privilege walk.
- Documentary Viewing: Students, staff, and community members are invited to watch the documentary 13th with facilitated discussion related to the issues in All American Boys.
- History of Policing: Students will participate in an interactive presentation on the history of policing, presented by a representative from Families for Justice.
- Citizen Training: What should you do if you see racism? This will be a workshop held after school that empowers students with appropriate words and actions to interrupt racism, presented by representatives from Groundwork.
- Survivors' Panel: Students and staff will hear first-hand experiences of multiple survivors and their stories.
- Final Celebration: Community Potluck: Students, staff, and community members will be invited to a potluck to socialize and discuss the issues surrounding the book.A ll submissions from the contests will be on display. Posters and art will be hung on the walls, and selections of re-written endings and poetry will be performed.