Bronx High School Students Lead Community in the Second Annual Future of the City March
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New York, NY – Students from South Bronx Community Charter High School with help from community leaders gathered at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem and led the second annual Future of the City March against police brutality on December 2, 2017; marching with students from other New York City schools against police brutality and the unjust treatment of people of color.
Other schools participating in the march are:
– Nelson Mandela School For Social Change
– Urban Assembly for Applied Math & Science
– Schomburg Research Center in Black Culture Junior Scholars Program
Last year, for the first Future of the City March, hundreds of people came together on the first Saturday in December to demonstrate against police brutality, and protest the shooting of Deborah Danner, a 66-year-old mentally ill black woman from the Bronx community. Danner was killed by a New York City police officer in her home in October 2016. The march also coincides with the grand jury failure to indict the police officer who choked Eric Garner to death on Staten Island in 2014.
Students have seen and experienced firsthand the ways people of color are affected by police brutality and systemic racism. Last year at this time, students were moved by the death of Deborah Danner, a 66-year-old mentally ill black woman from their community who was shot by police in her home. Her death inspired students to act last year, to work with teachers and community activists to plan the first Future of the City March.
South Bronx Community Charter High School focuses heavily on community engagement and social actions. Students are leading the march as part of their civic engagement and project-based learning experiences, with help from local activists in their community.
“It’s a culmination of their civic engagement learning project — a year spent studying activism and involvement on issues impacting our community,” said Mario Benabe, a STEM educator at the South Bronx Community Charter High School.
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