Racism In Charlottesville Schools?

By: Venton Blandin
By: Venton Blandin

February 18, 2005

The Charlottesville community came together during a public session to help bridge the gap between black and white students. They tried to make sense of the recent unrest surrounding the Charlottesville school board.

The focus was their children, as members of the Charlottesville community packed Pilgrim Baptist Church on Friday, February 18th for what the local NAACP and many others are simply calling a gap in achievement.

According to the NAACP, the gap between majority and minority students is there because some parents are not.

Many sitting in the pews wonder if there is another problem that's not so clear, but instead an issue of black and white.

In recent weeks, Charlottesville's school board has been under some harsh criticism; for everything from budgets to allegations of racism. Friday's informative session was not to place blame, or to give testimonials, but to empower.

Parents, teachers, school board and council members, along with students at tonight's meeting were told how to be responsible, and to get involved.

All who attended the dialogue seemed to be pleased when leaving. In fact, one person suggested having something like it during school board meetings.

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