This film might facilitate talks on inequality in education

The film "America to Me" will be part of a film and discussion event happening at Norfolk State. (Southside Daily Photo/courtesy of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation)
The film “America to Me” will be part of a film and discussion event happening at Norfolk State. (Southside Daily Photo/courtesy of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation)

NORFOLK — The Hampton Roads Community Foundation will have a special screening of “America to Me” at the Norfolk State University’s L. Douglas Wilder Performing Arts Center.

The screening will be on April 2 at 7 p.m.

The documentary focuses on the effects race and privilege have on children’s education seen through the eyes of students at Greater Chicago’s Oak Park and River Forest High School, said Vivian Oden, vice president for special projects at the Hampton Roads Community Foundation.

After the screening, guests will be asked to participate in a discussion about racial equity in education moderated by Barbara Hamm Lee, host of WHRV’s “Another View.”

While the event is free participants are required to register in advance so the organizers can anticipate how many people to set up for, Oden said.

“We hope to bring students, parents and educators to this discussion,” she said, “We want to ask how can we achieve racial equity in education.”

This is the second Understanding Hampton Roads forum sponsored by the community foundation to advance civic engagement in southeastern Virginia.

The foundation partnered with Norfolk State University and its Robert C. Nusbaum Jr. Honors College to make this event possible.

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