RJN! featured on Community for Just Schools Podcast- Shuttered Doors: The Depletion of Black Dayton

The Communities for Just Schools Fund (CJSF) is a donor collaborative that supports community-led organizations working to ensure healthy school climates. Recently, CJSF’s Gabriel L. Matthews spoke with Hashim Jabar, Interim Executive Director of Racial Justice NOW! and Zakiya Sankara-Jabar, National Field Organizer and Co-Founder of Racial Justice NOW! about the increasing divestment from West Dayton schools and the community.

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A new report from the Government Accountability Office found that black students, boys, and students with disabilities were disproportionately disciplined in public schools

A new report from the Government Accountability Office found that black students, boys, and students with disabilities were disproportionately disciplined in public schools. For example, Black students accounted for 15.5 percent of all public school students, but represented about 39 percent of students suspended from school—an over representation of about 23 percentage points.
Read the full report HERE

We honor revolutionary Black women today and everyday, especially our fierce Co-Founders: Zakiya Sankara-Jabar and Professor Verneilla Randall

Racial Justice NOW! is committed to dismantling structural and institutional racism in all areas of people activity. Our primary focus is on the institution of education and lifting up the voices of dis-empowered Black parents and children. We are dedicated to stopping the school to prison pipeline and focus specifically on holding institutions accountable to equitable distribution of resources and services to Black people in Dayton and around the State of Ohio.


RJN! Director speaks at American Education Research Association 2018 Conference

Black education special interest group receives culturally curriculum relevant toolkit

RJN! Interim Director, Hashim Jabar, was invited to speak at the recent American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference in New York City. The American Educational Research Association (AERA), founded in 1916, is concerned with improving the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to education and evaluation and by promoting the dissemination and practical application of research results. It is a national research society that strives to advance knowledge about education, to encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and to promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good.


The coveted invitation came from A Black Education Network (ABEN) Executive Director Debra Watkins, M.Ed., M.A. Founder, President & Executive Director ABEN, California Alliance of African American Educators (CAAAE) San Jose, California. Within the AERA community of education researchers, members belong to one or more of the 12 divisions and over 155 special interest groups (SIGs). Debra Watkins belongs to the Black education SIG. Jabar addressed the Black researchers about RJN! & the West Dayton Youth Task Force’s campaign to promote culturally relevant curriculum and culturally responsive schools. He also shared the organization’s culturally relevant curriculum toolkit.

Watch the video here

Racial Justice NOW! will also be the event opener at ABEN’s summer Institute at Stanford University. The theme is Pedagogies & Practices for Successfully Reaching African American Students.


Hashim Jabar and RFBE’s new Black Education SIG Chair– Dr. T. Elon Dancy, II. He is a Professor of Education, African & African American Studies, and Women’s & Gender Studies & Associate Dean for Community Engagement and Academic Inclusion in the College of Education at the University of Oklahoma.


Dr. Stephen Hancock- ABEN’s Board,and ABEN Exec. Dir. Debra Watkins, and RJN! Director Hashim Jabar




Ohio Department of Education comes to Dayton for input on the state strategic education plan

Ohio Department of Education

Shaping the Future of Education in Ohio: Review and Respond to Ohio’s Strategic Plan

Engage in community conversations to provide input on Ohio’s Draft Strategic Education Plan, which will create a unified system that results in success for each student.

The plan will be Ohio’s roadmap for taking innovative approaches to meet the state’s major education challenges. It identifies a clear, statewide goal for preK-12 education, along with enabling strategies and tactics that explain how the goal will be achieved. The ultimate outcome: creating a unified system that results in success for each student.

During the last six months, the State Board of Education and the Ohio Department of Education have engaged more than 150 partners from preK-12, higher education, business, philanthropy, community and the state legislature to craft a comprehensive strategic plan for education. This is the first prepared by the state in more than a decade.

Philanthropy Ohio, in partnership with the State Board, will host 11 regional stakeholder meetings to review the plan and receive targeted feedback that will inform the final draft of the plan.

These meetings are an opportunity to gather valuable input from various perspectives, including local educators, funders, parents, students and community members. The meeting will include an introduction from State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria, a brief overview of the draft plan and group discussions around specific provisions and options. | Questions for Discussion



RJN! releases music video for children; Raises money to send Dayton youth to D.C.

Racial Justice NOW! has​ pushed the limits of its culturally relevant curriculum campaign and made a music video for children to learn to! Help support our campaign to promote culturally relevant curriculum and to help send our Anthony Tony Browder​ Scholars to Washington, D.C.

RJN! is in the second year of its campaign to promote culturally relevant curriculum (crc) and cultually responsive schools. There is a great need for non-white children to see themselves in the schools curriculum and textbooks that they are educated with everyday. CRC increases student engagement, self-esteem, grades, and produces better students.

In our first year of the campaign we attended conferences, conducted research, hosted webinars, and gave one demand to our local school board (Dayton Public). We demanded that they include two books into the school curriculum, by policy, (Mis-edcation of the Negro by Dr. Carter G. Woodson and Up From Slavery by Dr. Booker T. Washington).

In the second year, our demands were answered by the school board and the two books were added to the course of study. We also put our research done from the first year into a toolkit (rjnohio.org/crctk) and put it online for free.

We became the eight chapter of the Dayton Browder Scholars Program are educating youth directly, on Saturdays, using the book ‘From the Browder Files’.


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