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NAACP CHICAGO FAR-SOUTH SUBURBAN BRANCH
HOSTS PRAYER VIGIL IN SUPPORT OF RACIAL EQUITY
IN THORNTON FRACTIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT 215
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
In support of Thornton Fractional District 215 Board of Education’s June 12, 2020 Statement of Solidarity, the
NAACP Chicago Far-South Suburban Branch under the leadership of President Stan Brown invites you to a
Prayer Vigil calling for Racial Equity in School District 215.
The unprovoked murders of George Floyd and countless others have reminded the world that devaluing the
lives of people of color in America continues today. Research shows that 66 years after Brown vs The Board
of Education, schools in this country are again segregated. We applaud the many students, teachers, staff,
administrators, and community members whose actions have shown their commitment to eliminating racial
inequity in District 215. We understand that eliminating racial inequity must begin with education.
School District 215 serves the communities of Burnham, Calumet City, Lansing, and Lynwood where
approximately 90% of the students served are people of color. We recognize the school board has the
authority to remove the knees off the necks of the students, teachers, staff, administrators, and community
members of color beginning with adopting a resolution that aligns with the Illinois State Board of Education’s
resolution affirming its commitment to eliminate racial injustice adopted June 17, 2020. The State Resolution:
“Encourages all Illinois public school boards to join with us in a commitment to critically examine and address
policies and practices with a racial equity lens, eliminate racial injustice and, as an important message to their
communities, adopt and publicly post resolutions affirming that commitment to action.”
This Prayer Vigil will take place on Saturday, July 11, 2020, beginning at 11:00 a.m. at the Thornton Fractional
District 215 Administrative Center Parking Lot, 18601 Torrence Avenue, Lansing, IL. Attendees are welcome to
participate from inside or outside their vehicles. We are encouraging social distancing and face coverings.
Name: Sheryl Black, Education Chairperson