On these grounds: keep the conversation going

When: March 1, 2023 5-6pm EST

Guest: Vivian Anderson and Niya Kenny

Host: Jonathan Swartz and Kathy Evans



In partnership with Eastern Mennonite University's Teacher Education Program, Zehr Institute hosted this follow up webinar dialogue for educators after viewing the documentary film, On These Grounds.


Synopsis of On These Grounds: A video goes viral, showing a white police officer in South Carolina pull a Black teenager from her school desk and throw her across the floor. Healer-Activist Vivian Anderson uproots her life in New York City to move to South Carolina to support the girl and dismantle the system behind the assault at Spring Valley, including facing the police officer. Adding context, geographer Janae Davis treks the surrounding swamps and encounters the homes of formerly enslaved people of African descent, connecting the past to the present. Against the backdrop of a racial reckoning and its deep historical roots, one incident illuminates how Black girls, with the support of organizers, are creating a more just and equitable future for themselves and our entire education system.


On These Grounds Website: https://www.representjustice.org/campaigns/on-these-grounds/