Books Sandwiched In welcomes Jackie Clay and Ronni Chandler
Join Jackie Clay and Ronni Chandler for a discussion of Rac(e)ing to Class: Confronting Race and Poverty in Schools and Classrooms by H. Richard Milner, IV and Tyrone Howard on Wednesday, October 26 at noon in the East Tennessee History Center auditorium. Books Sandwiched In is a program series sponsored by the Friends of Knox County Public Library.
"Rac(e)ing to Class re-centers discourse on poverty and race," Chandler said. "There is often a greater comfort level inside and outside of education to talk about poverty, while race is an uncomfortable—even taboo—topic. But both poverty and race are impacting the educational experiences of our most vulnerable and marginalized students who depend on school for so much more than academic success. Community conditions and national events are influencing our children. Right here in Knoxville."
In addition to her position as Executive Director of the Free Medical Clinic of Oak Ridge, Jackie Clay is a Field Instructor with the University of Tennessee College of Social Work. She previously served as Program Manager in the City of Knoxville Mayor's Office, including the Save Our Sons program, a community crime reduction program with the aim to reduce violence and create opportunities for boys and young men of color.
Ronni Chandler describes herself as "an educator, by calling and choice." For 14 years she has been with Project GRAD Knoxville, a nonprofit partnership that supports students in 14 Knox County schools and focuses on graduation from high school and higher education. Previously, she worked 23 years at Pellissippi State Community College.