Loud and Clear: Angie’s powerful testimonial
The debates over segregation and inequity in the public school system continue to heat up.
The voices of young people are vital to this dialogue yet are rarely listened to.
That’s why we’re proud that our teen writer Angie Carty made her voice heard on December 3rd, 2018, during a powerful evening of testimonials by a dozen New York City’s public school students about how it feels to be left behind in the nation’s largest and most segregated school system.
Before a capacity audience (of education experts, press, politicians, teachers, and families) at the Dweck Center of Brooklyn Public Library, Angie read excerpts from her story, “Smart and Black,” which we originally published in the fall issue of YCteen magazine. Angie developed her story in our summer writing workshop under the close guidance of a Youth Communication editor.
In her story, Angie recounts a time when a teacher accuses her of cheating because she performs “too well” on a quiz.
Angie was joined on stage by a panel of adult speakers, including New York Times reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones. The student coalition, Teens Take Charge, hosted the event and proposed policy changes to make NYC schools more integrated and equitably resourced.
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