During the the first week of August 2016, eleven students from Youth In Action moved on to Brown’s campus for a week of Uncovering the Institution, a program at the Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice. We engaged in discussions on The American Dream: to be Sold not Told -using four guiding pillars to examine the American Dream; Optimism, Individual Liberty, Freedom from Fear and Economic Opportunity. For many of us, the American Dream was bound to our education. Through our shared experiences in school we found this continuous struggle between questions of power and freedom in education. With so much riding on our education and with so much stacked against us, we wanted to explore the school-to-prison pipeline and how it impacts us as students in the state of Rhode Island today.
We hope this exhibition serves a space for reflection about the issues that continue to challenge the American education system and the freedoms it promises.
Offered by the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice