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Jann L. Murray-Garcia

Just Us in Davis: Emerson peer helpers are rising

By Jann Murray-García Something extraordinary happens on the Emerson Junior High School/Da Vinci Academy campus each day during fourth period. Junior high school students gather in a classroom with physical education teacher Jennifer Terra and conspire to make their school community a welcoming and accepting place for each tween and teen in their midst. I […]

Just Us in Davis: Why there are no racists in Davis

Learn more What: Free encore presentation of Davis schools equity data by the 2014 Leadership In Diversity Student Research Scholars When: 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28 Where: Blanchard Room, Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St., Davis Watch: 10th anniversary equity reunion and lunch (held Aug. 30, 2014), featuring Dr. Melba Pattillo Beals, a member of […]

February 08, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Just Us in Davis: Parallel play and race in America

By Jann Murray-García When I walked into a friend’s living room last week for an evening Bible study, the police lights and tension of Ferguson, Mo., played on her monitor. The room was quiet, as the collective attention was fixed on the screen. My dear friend whispered, “There is no indictment.” I immediately felt like someone had […]

November 30, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Just Us in Davis: Equity, Adams, Archer and 47

“We must raise the expectations for our students, for our schools and for ourselves — this must be a national priority. We must ensure that every student graduates from high school well prepared for college and a career.” — President Barack Obama, “Blueprint for Reform,” 2010 By Jann Murray-García Let me cut to the chase: […]

October 05, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Just Us in Davis: Little Rock Nine hero to celebrate with Davis youths

Celebrate What: Race and Social Justice 10th anniversary reunion When: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30 Where: Brunelle Performance Hall, Davis High School, 315 W. 14th St. Info: Contact Jann Murray-García at [email protected] to RSVP for or to co-sponsor the event “… one of the boys passed my seat and kicked my ankle. I had to bite my lip […]

July 27, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Just Us in Davis: Celebrate youth equity leadership

Learn more What: Annual student research presentation by students in Race and Social Justice in U.S. History classes When: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 14 Where: Davis High School Library, 315 W. 14th St. Admission: Free “I am so sorry for what we did to you people!” The year was 2009, not long after the first inauguration of President Barack Obama. […]

May 11, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Just Us in Davis: Brown at 60, Davis at 10

Learn more and participate What: “Graffitied Walls,” presented by the DHS drama department (adult themes and language) When: 7 p.m. March 13-15 and 2 p.m. March 16 Where: Brunelle Performance Hall at DHS, 315 W. 14th St. Tickets: $14 general, $12 seniors and $10 students; free baby-sitting provided What: “A Salute to Tony Fields,” presented by the […]

March 09, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

What Pippin and I (kind of) have in common

Check it out What: Davis High School production of “Pippin” When: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Nov. 15-16, 2 p.m. Sunday Where: Brunelle Performance Hall at DHS, 315 W. 14th St. Tickets: $16 general, $12 seniors, $10 students. Tickets for children under 13 are two for $10. Info: Visit dshs.djusd.net Full disclosure. My daughter Canela is the stage manager […]

November 08, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Just Us in Davis: Trayvon Martin lives in Davis, too

By Jann Murray-García This week I hope you took a few moments to pause with your family in the national remembrance of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. I have reflected deeply on what a difference a lifetime can see transpire … if we each make it so. Our rightful and deserved celebration […]

September 01, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Nice to meet you, President Lincoln!

Learn more What: “A Conversation With Abraham Lincoln,” featuring James Getty, Lincoln actor and historian; “Mr. Lincoln” will be available for photos and to shake hands following the interview, at the “Let Freedom Ring!” exhibit When and where: 11:45 a.m. Saturday, July 13, at Center Stage at the California State Fair, then 1-4 p.m. in the […]

June 30, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Just Us in Davis: On May 15, DHS youths lead us again

Learn more What: Race and Social Justice in U.S. History student research poster presentation When: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 15 Where: Davis High School Library, 315 W. 14th St. What: Juneteenth Celebration When: 1-5 p.m. Saturday, June 22 Where: Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St., Davis Time flies and change happens! When the Race and Social Justice in U.S. History […]

May 05, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Just Us in Davis: Clarifying GATE; youths resist hate

By Jann L. Murray-García Two separate issues claim this column. First, I was present at the Feb. 7 school board meeting when the lottery system was explained and adopted as legally necessary to avoid the judgment that our current GATE placement practices unfairly impact protected groups. The lottery system would randomly select children whom the […]

February 24, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Just Us in Davis: We raise our children together

Learn more Who: Fred Brill, superintendent of the Lafayette School District (grades K-8), speaking about how that community transitioned from having 20 percent to 4 percent of its students in self-contained GATE classes with no loss of academic achievement for its accelerated learners When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28 Where: Location TBA By Jann Murray-García I depend […]

October 28, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

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