River Civil Rights Day [Food Trailer Closed]

River Campus - 801 Rio Grande St., Austin, TX 78701
Roberto German & Dan Cummings
Our annual Civil Rights Day in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be held on Friday, January 18. This day will be a day for interactive discussions of civil rights across the broad spectrum of society. The day will include a film screening, a keynote speaker, and student- and faculty-facilitated sessions centered on civil rights themes.

The Food Trailer will be closed this day, so no hot dishes. Cafe window will be open  for snacks during the lunch and afternoon. 

Here is a link to Civil Rights Day Schedule and Sessions. 
Our annual Civil Rights Day in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be held on Friday, January 18. This day will be a day for interactive discussions of civil rights across the broad spectrum of society. The day will include a film screening, a keynote speaker, and student- and faculty-facilitated sessions centered on civil rights themes.

The Food Trailer will be closed this day, so no hot dishes. Cafe window will be open  for snacks during the lunch and afternoon. 

8:30 - Students meet advisors on the deck for intention setting
9:00 - Advisories walk to the Ritz
9:30 - Screening of Documented
11:15 - Students return to campus
11:30 - 12:15 Advisory lunch with a debrief over film
12:15 - 12:30 Walk to the Central Library
1:45 - 2:00 - Return to River campus
2:05-2:50 Session 1
3:00-3:45 Session 2
3:55 - Dismissal
 
To build on the success of last year, we would like to invite all community members to attend the afternoon sessions

Here is a link to Civil Rights Day Schedule and Sessions. 

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Here is the email that was sent on 1/9/18:

Dear Middle School and High School Community,

Our annual Civil Rights Day in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be held on Friday, January 18. This day will be a day for interactive discussions of civil rights across the broad spectrum of society. The day will include a film screening, a keynote speaker, and student- and faculty-facilitated sessions centered on civil rights themes.

This year, students will start the day in advisory before walking together to the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz for a screening of Documented, the 2013 documentary centered on the story of Jose Antonio Vargas, a journalist who outed himself as an undocumented immigrant. As IMDb states: "Documented chronicles his journey to America from the Philippines as a child; his journey through America as an immigration reform activist/provocateur; and his journey inward as he re-connects with his mother, whom he hasn't seen in 20 years." Our faculty chose this documentary because of its relevance to current issues of immigration, DACA, and civil rights in America. More information about the film can be found on IMDB and here is a trailer for the film.

After the screening, advisories will meet for lunch back at school to debrief before heading to the Central Library for our keynote speaker, Cristina Tzintzún. Recognized by the Texas Observer and the Austin Young Chamber as one of the top agents of change in Texas, Cristina is a civil rights leader, author, and community organizer. She is the founder and Executive Director of Jolt, a Texas-wide organization focused on energizing the Latino vote. She also co-founded the Workers Defense Project, a workers’ rights organization with the mission to win better working conditions for immigrant workers in Texas. This portion of the day is in partnership with the Central Library and will be open to the public. Parents and community members are highly encouraged to attend. Check out the Library's event page here. 

The day wraps up back on the River Campus with a selection of presentations and guided discussions facilitated by both faculty and students. Parents are encouraged to attend this part, too. Please see the full schedule below for details. Please note, parents are asked to pay and park on the street as well as check in at the Front Desk for a Visitor Pass if they attend any afternoon sessions at the River Campus.

While the day is nontraditional, it is considered a regular school day and students are expected to attend. We encourage students to embrace the immersive day and come ready to learn, ask questions, and get engaged. This is a truly unique opportunity for students to participate in cross-divisional learning.

Here is the schedule for the day:

8:30 - Students meet advisors on the deck for intention setting
9:00 - Advisories walk to the Ritz
9:30 - Screening of Documented
11:15 - Students return to campus
11:30 - 12:15 Advisory lunch with a debrief over film
12:15 - 12:30 Walk to the Central Library
12:45-1:45 Keynote speaker Cristina Tzintzún
1:45 - 2:00 - Return to River campus
2:05-2:50 Session 1
3:00-3:45 Session 2
3:55 - Dismissal


If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to one of us.

Best,

Dan and Roberto
 
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