PCC Welcomes Renowned Author and Activist
As race becomes a more pressing topic every day, having strong-minded people who are willing to speak out on the inequalities that exist in our nation is imperative. Dr. Marcia Chatelain is one of those people, and she’s not only willing to discuss it, but also take action on the matter. Dr. Chatelain will be appearing at each PCC campus from April 24–26 (Earth Week) to talk about and examine the importance of justice—whether it be environmental, racial, or social—and how those causes shape our lives and communities today.
Protest and uprising was sparked in 2014, following unarmed teenager Mike Brown being shot and killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri. Word of this incident spread rapidly across America, bringing the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” movement to life, and causing action around the country in the form of protests and marches. Dr. Chatelain, a professor at Georgetown University, took her own unique approach to the situation, creating the #FergusonSyllabus movement, a Twitter hashtag with the intent of helping teachers find ways to integrate the topic of the Ferguson shooting in their classrooms. It worked. Within hours, the hashtag had generated hundreds of ideas and tweets from people across the world, all giving their input on how to approach—and talk about touchy subjects like the Mike Brown shooting in a school.
Along with the #FergusonSyllabus, Chatelain has an unquestionably impressive track record when it comes to speaking out against social and racial injustices. Her book, “South Side Girls: Growing Up In The Great Migration” gives a unique perspective of the Great Migration—when millions of African Americans traveled North to more city-like atmospheres as opposed to the rural, hostile landscape of the South—in the early to mid 1900s, focusing on the events through the eyes of black girls and how their powerful stories and experiences helped shape the Migration as a whole.
Dr. Chatelain will be speaking at Sylvania on Monday, April 24th at 11 AM in the PAC lobby, and later that same day at Cascade at 2 PM in MAHB 104. She will be at Rock Creek on Wednesday, April 26th at 10 AM at the Events Center in Building 9, and finish off her tour at 2 PM on the 26th, in the Community Hall of Southeast Campus.