Over 500 parents, students and educators rallied in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on May 13th, the 60th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision. The rally kicked off a National Week of Action organized by the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools, which represents over 7 million parents, teachers and students nationwide who are fighting for equal opportunity and educational justice. The Alliance was there to honor Brown’s 60th anniversary and to renew the call for equity and opportunity in our nation’s public schools.
Jessica Morillo, a student leader with the Urban Youth Collaborative, and Ocynthia Williams, a parent leader from the Coalition for Educational Justice, together MC’ed the event, keeping the crowd lively even in the scorching 90-degree heat. Explaining the purpose of the rally, Williams said, “Our schools have become high stakes testing factories and corporate America is trying to privatize them. We say no more! We are reclaiming our public schools and demanding that the promise of public education be fulfilled.”