“School House Rights Rock”
The R.O.O.T.S of Sunflower County, a group of 19 young men assembled as a part of the Sunflower County Systems Change Project, participated in the 2nd Annual School House Rights Rock event hosted by the American Civil Liberties Union of MS and the Mississippi Center for Justice. The program took place at Mississippi Valley State University and was designed for middle and high school students, parents, and advocates. The day consisted of workshops on restraint and seclusion in schools, encounters with law enforcement, schoolhouse rights, and civil rights. ‘The R.O.O.T.S’ are committed to narrative change in their communities and had the opportunity to speak with adults and students alike about their experiences in school and with law enforcement; in addition to inquiring about people’s perceptions of Young Men and Boys of Color in their community. Their goal is to collect stories from the community to form an oral history archive, providing a space to tell the stories of others as well as their own.