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Join the hosts of School Colors, Mark Winston Griffith and Max Freeman, for a discussion with Chalkbeat journalists at this special event. Featuring special guest NeQuan McLean, president of the District 16 Community Education Council.

School Colors is a documentary podcast from Brooklyn Deep about how race, class, and power shape American cities and schools. The series follows generations of parents and educators fighting for their children in a rapidly changing Black neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York.

Bedford-Stuyvesant is one of the largest and most iconic historically Black communities in the United States. Schools in Bed-Stuy used to be so overcrowded that students went to school in shifts. Now, they're half-empty. Why? 

Two of the most controversial forces in urban American life -- charter schools and gentrification -- have converged on Bed-Stuy’s Community School District 16, draining the schools of children and funding. But as new families, mostly white and middle-class, opt into local schools, tension is surfacing between two seemingly progressive ideals: integration and self-determination. What does this mean for the future of this historically Black neighborhood and others like it across the country?

Refreshments at 6 p.m., followed by a discussion at 6:30 p.m.

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