NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF COLORED PEOPLE
Anne Arundel County Branch
“Freedom Fighters For A New Century”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 30, 2018
Contact: Rev. Stephen Tillett
Phone: (443) 883-5151
The Anne Arundel County Branch of the NAACP, Caucus of African American Leaders, United Clergy of Anne Arundel County Demand the Board of Education for Anne Arundel County Public Schools addressdiscriminatory practices, hostile work environments and retaliation
The Anne Arundel County Branch of the NAACP, et. al have been demanding justice for equitable and equal educational opportunities, equal outcomes and accountability for discriminatory practices for decades. Although progress was made with a 2005 Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), in lieu of continuing lawsuits against the Board of Education (BOE), for Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS), the MOA was breached in 2014 which has literally castrated the efforts.
Four years ago, one of the most community-friendly and useful offices within AACPS was summarily sacked under the guise of a “reorganization.” In one fell swoop, the office so many in our community relied upon to advocate for children “of color” in AACPS and to share and explain the statistics related to our children’s performance, was decimated. Along the way, several very capable staff were let go in the purge. Several filed EEOC complaints. One, Dr. Akeda Pearson, has persevered and will be taking her case to court. Justice Delayed Will NOT Be Justice Denied!
Civil rights groups are demanding answers and solutions. The leadership of the BOE and AACPS must immediately demonstrate that they have the capacity to accurately explain and address the alarming numbers of discriminatory acts against African American students and school personnel, their noncompliance with complaints and the concerns of parents with Special Needs students. The impact of breaching the MOA and violating the public trust, has diminished the transparency promised in the MOA with respect to monitoring improved academic achievement, the disparate discipline of African American students, and viable, consistent community engagement since dismantling the Office of Equity and Human Relations without merit. The demand also includes justice for Dr. Akeda Pearson and that AACPS must make room for leaders who are able to restore the confidence of county residents and supporters of children, parents and employees of AACPS.
The BOE and AACPS have consistently failed the community; especially minority students and employees who support minority students.
The Anne Arundel County Branch of the NAACP demands the BOE, Anne Arundel County Public Schools:
• Dispel racial discrimination and all acts of discrimination in the school system
• Provide a strategic plan involving community leaders to address racial discrimination and all acts of discrimination
• Provide a human relations specialist to address bias motivated incidents and employee complaints
• Provide resources to students who have suffered discrimination and racial trauma at schools
• Provide justice to individuals who have suffered discrimination, hostile work environments and retaliation
• Provide a strategic plan to prevent the calamities minority students and employees who support minority students endure prior to Sept. 1, 2018
It is paramount that justice is achieved for all students, employees and parents because the impact adversely affects us all.
ABOUT THE NAACP:
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities. You can read more about the NAACP’s work and our six “Game Changer” issue areas by visiting NAACP.org.naacp.org/membership To become a member of the NAACP Anne Arundel County Branch, visit www.AnneArundelCountyNAACP.org.
Rev. Stephen Andrew Tillett
Anne Arundel County Branch NAACP
“Freedom Fighters for a New Century”
“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor”
~ Bishop Desmond Tutu