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Springfield NAACP To Share Racism Stories From SPS Students

National Avenue Christian Church

In an event on August 1, the Springfield NAACP plans to share stories of discrimination in public schools.

It’s called “Intersections: A Community Tells Its Stories.”  Organizers say they hope to create a community dialogue on what Springfield Public Schools can change to make their student body more inclusive.

Toni Robinson, the president of Springfield NAACP, wants to see this event impact and transform the community.

“So the overall arching goal is definitely bringing light to these injustices, and empowering people so we can make some changes as a community.”

Other organizations, including the GLO Center, Ekklesia, and the American Civil Liberties Association, are helping sponsor the event, which will start at 5 pm at National Avenue Christian Church.

Springfield Public Schools officials announced additional diversity training for staff and the creation of a diversity work team this Spring. That’s after multiple incidents within the school district earlier this year that involved racism or bigotry.