On Monday, August 3rd The Dinner Table Doc hosted the "Miseducation of Brown Girls Town Hall" as a culminating event for the Miseducation of Brown Girls Summer Leadership Academy.
Usually, The Miseducation of Brown Girls is a interactive one day summit that The Dinner Table Doc hosts annually to provide educational and community building tools to young women of color ages 11-18. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic The Dinner Table turned the summit into a virtual event and this year held virtual summer camp for girls ages 8-17. The camp welcomed 80 participants from 13 different states and focused project based assignments on leadership and civic
engagement. Over the course of three weeks students created a body of work that represented the various ways they have stepped into their voices as activist and change agents. Below you'll find an invitation the Community Organizing Cohort created to invite individuals to the final Town Hall.
Please scroll below to see all of the work and final projects created by summer camp participants, presented at the Town Hall:
Summer Camp Slide Show Welcome and Intro Activity
Click the video below to view our Summer Camp Slideshow and Welcome video, where you get to meet just a few of our awesome camp participants!
Ruby Bridges Cohort
Ruby Bridges: In this cohort lead by Ms. Maia, Mrs. Boston and Mrs.Caine students ages 8-10 were encouraged to find their voice to advocate for self empowerment and social justice through poetry.
Public Speaking Cohort
Public Speaking: In this cohort lead by Ms. Ebony Williams scholars wrote and delivered speeches on the theme of community or civic engagement. During their time in camp they learned to use persuasive techniques to create an argument and speak confidently in front of a (digital) audience to inform them on the selected theme. Speech topics include: Police Brutality, Human Trafficking, Racism against Black Women, Cultural Appropriation and more. See their speeches, below:
Content Creation Cohort
Creating Video Content: In this cohort lead by Ms. Princess Kablan scholars will learn about information literacy and use story telling and video editing skills to create a Public Service Announcement (PSA) on a selected theme (community or civic engagement). Video Topics include: Empowerment of Black Women, The Need for More Black Women in the Medical Field, and more. See below:
Writing: In this cohort lead by Ms. Shalima Wellington and Ms. Cicely Jervis scholars will learn to use story maps to create structured and organized points of view to inform or convince their audience on a selected theme (community or civic engagement).
Community Organizing Cohort
Community Organizing: In this cohort lead by Ms. Asha Boston and Ms. Tami Amorim scholars learned how to use organizational, event planning and problem solving skills to create and curate the final showcase "The Miseducation of Brown Girls Townhall" on Monday, August 3rd. Scholars were split up into four event planning teams of "Coordinators," "Event Managers," "Outreach/Marketing" and "Production"
Set The Table Cohort
Set The Table: In this cohort lead by Ms. Feyth Scott high school juniors, seniors and college freshmen explored their writing, content creation and public speaking skills. Named after the Dinner Table's "forthcoming" fellowship program, cohort participants had the opportunity to meet former Dinner Table interns and attend the United State of Young Women Conference.
The video above showcases the work of students who were focused on content creation, while the articles below feature students that focused on writing.
Special Segment: Why Readers Are Leaders!
During the Town Hall, The Dinner Table shared an important announcement and showcased the work of girls who participated in the organizations additional summer enrichment opportunities.
Our Distinguished Guest Speaker
We are so grateful to have welcomed a very special guest speaker, Mrs. Adrienne O'Neal, a retired US Ambassador who shared an encouraging message with the students about the importance of self care and self preservation in the time of activism.
Mrs. O'Neal was introduced by sisters Courtney and Kristin Chrichlow and Jasiah Date, who's introductory assignments helped make the connected between our guest speaker (who was raised in Birmingham in 1963 and what the students have learned thus about children and social justice activism in 1963.
For additional assignment context: As an introductory assignment campers were introduced to the 1963 Children's March. On May 2, 1963, more than one thousand students skipped classes and gathered at Sixth Street Baptist Church to march to downtown Birmingham, Alabama. Despite the violence, children continued to march and protest in an organizing action now known as the Children’s Crusade.The crusade ended after intervention from the U.S. Department of Justice. The event moved President John F. Kennedy’s to express support for federal civil rights legislation and the eventual passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Based on their cohort selection, students were asked imagine they were children in 1963 and complete assignments utilizing some of the skills they were preparing to use (like writing, public speaking and content creation) to inspire students to join them or answer questions analyzing the tactics students used to organize and spread the message.
See just a snippet of their assignments (responses to the 1963 Children's March) below: