Black Lives Matter at DeKalb Schools Week of Action 2020

Celebrating Black Contributions to America – LIVE Virtual Conference

Virtual Conference Concurrent Sessions:

  • Select one per device.
  • Click on the blue topic to join the session at 11:00am

We have curated dynamic speakers and workshop topics for you to engage in and learn more about the impact African Americans have made in America. Please review the topics and summary and make note of the session you would like to join. At a designated time, during the virtual conference you will be asked to open this document and click on the link.

  • Session 1: The African American Experiences in DeKalb County
    African Americans have contributed to the prosperity of DeKalb County since its establishment in 1822.  You will learn about African American leaders who influenced and shaped the DeKalb County we live in today and the advancements made throughout the years in government, education, business, and community organizations.

  • Session 2: Why Do You Think That About Me? Implicit and Explicit Biases
    Many people have attitudes, beliefs, qualities, and characteristics that they attribute to members of a particular group. You will learn about implicit bias (unconscious) and explicit bias (conscious) and how stereotypes affect our understanding, actions, and decisions.

  • Session 3: Health and Well-being: The Impact in the Black Community
    Did you know African Americans ages 18-49 are two times as likely to die from heart disease than whites and African Americans ages 35-64 years are 50% more likely to have high blood pressure than whites? Learn about social and economic conditions that may put African-Americans at higher risks than others for having health problems.

  • Session 4: 15th Amendment: Your Vote Counts!
    The 15th Amendment states, “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States, or by any State, on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.”  Learn about the history of your voting rights and how you can influence elections.

  • Session 5: The African American Children Stories
    The Snowy Day, The Undefeated, Amazing Grace. African Americans have written many books that have been passed down through the years. Mrs. Cheryl Watson-Harris, our very own Superintendent, will retell children’s books by famous African American authors.

  • Session 6: How Music and Media Influenced America 
    African Americans have contributed to every genre of music from jazz, to gospel, reggae, hip-hop, and country. Through music and other forms of entertainment, the Black culture has influenced mainstream America. Learn about the impact African Americans have had on music and media in America.

  • Session 7: Black Wall Street: Economic and Entrepreneurship
    In 1921, Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Greenwood District, known as Black Wall Street, was one of the most prosperous African-American communities in the United States until it was burned down due to racial violence. Today, African Americans contribute more than 1.2 trillion dollars in consumer spending and African American owned businesses employed over a million people and generated over $104 billion in sales in 2016. Learn about the significant contributions African Americans have made to the economy as job creators and consumers.

  • Session 8: The Black Family “Talk”
    With African American families, the timing for “The Talk” (interactions with the police for African American people, especially males, that can be life-altering) traditionally comes later, with getting a driver’s license. Learn about “The Talk” and how to give yourself a chance to live