Hosted by the Pro-Reconciliation and Anti-Racism Team
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Illinois and Wisconsin
10 AM – 3 PM on Saturday October 10, 2015
First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
306 West Monroe Street
Carbondale, IL 62901
Keynote Speaker – Dietra Baker
The Reverend Dr. Dietra Wise Baker received a Bachelor of Science degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C. and a Master of Divinity degree from Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. She obtained her Doctorate of Ministry Degree in Preaching from Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, Missouri. She is ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Dietra is a bi-vocational church planter. She has been the chaplain at Lakeside Residential Center since July 2005 and at St. Louis County Juvenile Detention Center since 2009. Dietra planted Liberation Christian Church (DOC) in April 2009, seeking to create a church that frees lives and communities through the power of Jesus Christ. Pastor Dietra loves to dance, sing, and teach. She is married to Cornell R. Baker, and they have a beautiful daughter, Alexis.
The afternoon session will feature a panel discussion with participants from education and social services agencies in the Southern Illinois Area.
10 AM Gathering and Introduction of the Pro-Reconciliation and Anti-Racism Team
10: 10 AM Opening Session – Defining the School to Prison Pipeline
11:30 AM Keynote Address by The Reverend Dr. Dietra Baker
12:30 PM Panel Discussion and Questions
2: 30 PM Next Steps
“In these days, it is doubtful that any child may reasonably be expected to succeed in life if he is denied the opportunity of an education. Such an opportunity, where the state has undertaken to provide it, is a right that must be made available on equal terms.” Chief Justice Earl Warren, Brown vs Board of Education (1954)
The reality of 2014
Students of color face harsher discipline and are more likely to be pushed out of school than whites.
40 % of students expelled from US Schools each year are black.
70% of students involved in “in-school” arrests are black or Latino.
Black students are 3.5 times more likely to suspended than whites.
Black and Latino students are 2 times more likely not to graduate than white students.
68% of all males in prison do not have a high school diploma.
Cost $15.00 includes lunch