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Hybrid Hybrid Event

Past the Klan: The Roots of Racism in IPS and Beyond

November 10 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Hybrid Hybrid Event

Go on a journey through the last 100 years of IPS’s past to dispel urban myths and uncover hidden stories around race and racism, religion, gender, ethnicity, geography, and politics.

After a brief presentation on IPS’s history, participants will be divided into small groups and given a research-based packet including historic newspaper clippings, IPS board minutes, and other historic documentation to tease apart and critically analyze. Following a path of inquiry asking “What?,” “So  what?,” and “Now what?,” participants will work together to propose action steps for addressing past harms.

History-based scenarios might include the Klan’s role in IPS’s history, what the Indianapolis Recorder does – and does not – shine light on, what the Citizen School Committee was, what part religion played in the district’s past, and who Principal George Buck was.

A partnership between Charles E. & Virginia P. Loflin Center on the History of the Indianapolis Public Schools, Redevelopment/Restoration of the Southside, Kheprw Institute, Dr. Richard Pierce, Virgil and Sheila Boyd, The Black & Latino Policy Institute, The Historic Journey, Rev. Dr. Thomas L. Brown, and Families Talk: IPS Oral Histories.

Questions? Contact 317-274-2462 or festival@iupui.edu.

This event is currently scheduled to occur in-person. Register by Nov. 7 and note this event will adhere to prevailing local guidance on COVID-19. Thoroughly read confirmation details sent by the host.

This event is part of the Spirit & Place Festival. Click here to discover more festival events!
Spirit & Place is a self-funded community initiative housed in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. 



November 10
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Central Library, Center for Black Literature & Culture
40 E. St. Clair St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204 United States


Parking Instructions
Parking is available in the underground parking structure ($1/hr).
In Person Registration
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