Tomorrow! Panel discussion of John Witherspoon: How Did We Get Here? History. Lived Experiences. A Better Understanding
Fri, Mar 26 6:30pm
Community Park School
On March 26 the PUMS and PHS PTOs will host a panel discussion on the history of John Witherspoon, himself, and the history of race relations in Princeton and our public schools: “How Did We Get Here? History. Lived Experiences. A Better Understanding.”
They have invited panelists to speak on the history of the town
and our schools, as well as their own lived experiences in Princeton.
Dr. Rick Miller, in his 27th year as a PHS History teacher, will kick off the discussion with a
history of John Witherspoon, the man. A graduate of both John Witherspoon Middle School and PHS, he also taught for over a decade at the middle school.
Shirley Satterfield, sixth-generation Princetonian and historian, will share her experiences as a student at the Witherspoon School for Colored Children during segregation. Also a PHS alum, Ms. Satterfield has been a witness to the racial history of Princeton and has worked actively to keep that history alive through her work.
Tommy Parker, Chair of the Princeton Civil Rights Commission and co-Founder of
Committed Princetonians, a youth mentoring program for the Witherspoon-Jackson
neighborhood, is also an alumnus of the Princeton Public school system.
Isabel Figueroa-Fernandez (‘19) and Geoffrey Allen (‘19) bring their perspectives as
younger alumni of PHS. Mr. Allen authored the petition to rename John Witherspoon Middle School.
Longtime PHS PTO President Shazia Manekia shared, “Our goal is to lead an informal yet
informative discussion that will educate our parents, students, and community. We have a range of voices whose depth of historical knowledge and life experience as PPS alumni will enrich the dialogue and advance this important conversation.”
How Did We Get Here? History. Lived Experiences. A Better Understanding. Friday, March
26th at 6:30pm via Zoom. Zoom link: http://bit.ly/3rbWXFG