As part of Superintendent Flanagan’s 100-day plan, a goal was set to “Visit key historic sites on the Vermont African American History Trail with family, Burlington School District Leadership Cabinet, city and state leaders.”
Stop 1: Rokeby Museum – Saturday, October 3rd, 2020
The intent of this tour is for white educational leaders to better understand racism in the context of Vermont History. As our district addresses systemic racism, we must better understand where we have been to guide where we’re going. Our district is committed to eradicating systemic racism, and this is just one of our steps to that end. The Office of Equity met with Rokeby Museum directors in advance to plan and coordinate a unique exhibit tour which involved meaningful discussions and reflections. The tour was attended by School Board Commissioners and district leaders along with some of their children.
Land Acknowledgement and Reading of Frederick Douglass’ Speech
Exhibit: “Free and Safe: Underground Railroad in Vermont”
Lunch and Post Tour Reflection
Looking Back and Looking Forward – Restorative Circle