Rally for Education Equality

The Close the Gap: Equality in Education Rally was held on the occasion of the 55th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Educationread more

The Close the Gap: Equality in Education Rally was held on the occasion of the 55th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision. Various civil rights leaders and education reformers called for eliminating the racial and ethnic achievement gap in public education. Topics included teacher performance pay, the closure of dysfunctional schools in black and Latino communities, and support from the federal government with mandates that states would not receive funds unless there is equal funding across racial lines. The Reverend Al Sharpton called for people to come together from different groups to support education reform. Joe Madison and Mark Thompson served as the masters of ceremonies.

Entertainment included the drum line of the Calvin Coolidge High School marching band, the Dance Place step team, the Reid Temple A.M.E. Church youth choir, and the National Action Network Choir. A video clip of Jordan Coleman’s documentary film Say It Loud! was shown.

The rally on the White House Ellipse by the National Action Network was co-sponsored by the United Negro College Fund, National Council of La Raza, and the Education Equality Project. close

*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

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Rally for Education Equality

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Program ID:
286401-1
Category:
Public Affairs Event
Format:
Rally
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
May 16, 2009
Last Aired:
May 23, 2009

Airing Details

  • May 16, 2009 | 8:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • May 17, 2009 | 5:59am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • May 17, 2009 | 6:48am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • May 18, 2009 | 9:38am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • May 18, 2009 | 4:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • May 19, 2009 | 3:25am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • May 23, 2009 | 12:37am EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • May 23, 2009 | 6:37am EDT | C-SPAN 3
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