Social Justice Book Club

Pushout
Monday, December 6, 2021 - 6:15pm to 7:15pm

Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools by Monique W. Morris

If you would like to participate, please RSVP to eshavers@gmail.com so we know how many people to expect. If you would like to participate virtually, please indicate that in your RSVP and the book club leader will send you a Zoom link to join the meeting.

Fifteen-year-old Diamond stopped going to school the day she was expelled for lashing out at peers who constantly harassed and teased her for something everyone on the staff had missed: she was being trafficked for sex. After months on the run, she was arrested and sent to a detention center for violating a court order to attend school.

Just 16 percent of female students in the USA, Black girls make up more than one-third of all girls with a school-related arrest. The first book to tell these untold stories, Pushout exposes a world of confined potential and supports the growing movement to address the policies, practices, and cultural illiteracy that push countless students out of school and into unhealthy, unstable, and often unsafe futures.

For four years Monique W. Morris, author of Black Stats, chronicled the experiences of black girls across America whose intricate lives are misunderstood, highly judged—by teachers, administrators, and the justice system—and degraded by the very institutions charged with helping them flourish. Morris shows how, despite obstacles, stigmas, stereotypes, and despair, black girls still find ways to breathe remarkable dignity into their lives in classrooms, juvenile facilities, and beyond.

Event address: 
326 Bull Street
Savannah, GA 31401
Books: 
Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools Cover Image
By Monique Morris, Mankaprr Conteh (Foreword by), Melissa Harris-Perry (Foreword by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781620973424
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New Press - January 16th, 2018