Release Date: Mar 21, 17, 12:00am

March 21, 2017, Chicago, IL: Being Black at School, a new non-profit focused on equity and safety for black students in education, will be honoring two Chicago-based educators on April 1st at the Doing The Work Awards. The awards will be presented during a cocktail party at the Currency Exchange Café at 305 E Garfield and include a raffle and live performances.

Both Monica Haslip, founder of Little Black Pearl, and Eve Ewing, a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Chicago, will be recognized for "Doing the Work" to dismantle racism in education. In addition to the Doing the Work Awards, the event will include performances by poet Scott Woods and local writer Britt Julious. Supporters across the country will be treated to a Facebook Live-a-thon hosted by Ernest Wilkins.

This is the first Chicago event for Being Black in School which was founded in 2016 by Kelly Hurst of Springfield, Illinois. The committee's goal is to raise $10,000 to bolster Hurst's efforts to support grassroots organizers with starting local chapters, frameworks for making institutional changes, and require cultural competency for educators working with students of color.

"The urgency of an organization like this is a reflection of our current political climate and the dangers posed by legislation being introduced to dismantle the Department of Education, said Kelly Hurst, Executive Director of BBAS. "We need a sustainable solution to respond to issues of equity and disproportionate discipline of Black students as well as the access issues they face in taking higher level coursework like AP classes in order to provide support for students and the parents raising them."

Tickets for the event are still available and special prices for available for teachers.

Doing the Work Awards for Being Black at School

Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 7-10 pm
Currency Exchange Café at 305 E Garfield

Performers: Britt Julious and Scott Woods
Hosts: Kelly Hurst and Ernest Wilkins

 

About Being Black at School
Founded in 2016 by Kelly Hurst, Being Black at School is a national nonprofit advocacy organization focused on addressing the complexities of being a Black student in the American education system. Our mission is to utilize data and policy analysis to foster a movement for schools that are safer and more equitable for Black students. This year the team will open 62 local chapters known as BBASxYourCity to support grassroots organizing, while Kelly continues to speak across the country. Learn more at www.beingblackatschool.org.

About Doing the Work 2017 Award Winner Monica Haslip
Monica Haslip is one of the nation's youngest founders of a community-based arts organization and a respected leader in the fields of youth advocacy, community arts and cultural development. Monica is the founder and executive director of Little Black Pearl, an innovative neighborhood arts and community development program designed to expose youth and adults to the vast contributions of the arts to American culture. In addition, Haslip led Little Black Pearl in the opening of Options Laboratory School in September 2011, a charter school offering an arts and technology based curriculum to at-risk high school youth which has more recently been named Little Black Pearl Art & Design Academy.

About Doing the Work 2017 Award Winner Eve L. Ewing
Eve L. Ewing is a sociologist of education whose research is focused on racism, social inequality, and urban policy, and the impact of these forces on Eve EwingAmerican public schools and the lives of young people. She is a Provost's Career Enhancement Postdoctoral Fellow for 2016-18 at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. She will work under the mentorship of Charles Payne, SSA's Frank P. Hixon Distinguished Service Professor, and will then begin a faculty appointment as an Assistant Professor at SSA in the 2018-19 academic year. Her book When the Bell Stops Ringing: Race, History and Discourse amid Chicago's School Closures is forthcoming from University of Chicago Press in fall 2018. Eve is also an essayist and poet. Her first collection of poetry, essays, and visual art, Electric Arches, is forthcoming from Haymarket Books in fall 2017, and she co-edited the fiction anthology Beyond Ourselves. Her work has been published in many venues, including Poetry Magazine, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Nation, The New Republic, Union Station, and the anthology The Breakbeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop. She co-directs Crescendo Literary, a partnership that develops community-engaged arts events and educational resources. Crescendo's projects include the Emerging Poets Incubator and the Chicago Poetry Block Party. She is the current President of the Board of Directors of MassLEAP, a non-profit organization dedicated to building and supporting spaces for youth, artist-educators, and organizers to foster positive youth development through spoken word poetry forums throughout Massachusetts. Eve was born and raised in the Logan Square community of Chicago and is a proud alumna of Chicago Public Schools. She completed her doctorate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Media Contacts
Leah Jones, Event Chair
Kelly Hurst, Executive Director, Being Black at School
Julie Jung, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration