A Showing and Discussion of the Documentary Film On These Grounds

January 19, 2023 - 4:30pm


Pre-show reception beginning at 4:30pm

Film showing and discussion, 5-6:30pm

Please join us for a showing of this timely documentary, followed by a discussion with Vivian Anderson (adult activist featured in the film), Niya Kenny (teen activist featured in the film), Ghadah Makoshi (Community Advocate with the ACLU of Pennsylvania), and Dr. Kathi Elliott (CEO of Gwen’s Girls and Convenor of the Black Girls Equity Alliance) on police in schools, anti-Black violence, misogynoir and equity in education.

A video goes viral, showing a white police officer in South Carolina pull a Black teenager from her school desk and throw her across the floor. Healer-Activist Vivian Anderson uproots her life in New York City to move to South Carolina to support the girl and dismantle the system behind the assault at Spring Valley, including facing the police officer. Adding context, geographer Janae Davis treks the surrounding swamps and encounters the homes of formerly enslaved people of African descent, connecting the past to the present. Against the backdrop of a racial reckoning and its deep historical roots, one incident illuminates how Black girls, with the support of organizers, are creating a more just and equitable future for themselves and our entire education system.

Co-sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work and Black Girls Equity Alliance

Location and Address

7th floor auditorium of Alumni Hall at the University of Pittsburgh or Register on Eventbrite.