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Community School

Welcome to The Park Community School! We are excited to announce a new series of educational programming focused on content — speakers, panels, books, films, and more — that connects to the Civil Rights Movement and supports The Civil Rights Trip.

The Civil Rights Trip has taken place annually since 2004. Students and faculty from Park School and its partner schools and programs — including Baltimore City College High School, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, Kids on the Hill After School Program, City Neighbors High School, and Hope High School in Providence, Rhode Island — have fundraised, studied, and prepared for trips through the South visiting sites and people that were — and are — important to the Civil Rights Movement. What they experienced is used as a springboard for discussion about activism and how to tackle current civil rights issues in Baltimore and beyond.

Community School classes are free for all participants. For those who are interested in supporting student access to the trip, speakers, and other programming, please consider a donation to the March Forth for Civil Rights Fund. This endowed fund was established in memory of beloved Park faculty member Carol Kinne, who was one of the visionaries — along with Upper School Dean of Students Traci Wright and Lower School Physical Education teacher Stradine Harris — behind The Civil Rights Trip.

Classes will be conducted on the video platform Zoom. Course descriptions, dates, times (all of which take place in Eastern Standard Time), and registration links can be found below.

We hope you will join us!

FILM NIGHT — John Lewis: Good Trouble

Tuesday, February 9, 7:30-8:45 p.m.

“An intimate account of legendary U.S. Representative John Lewis’ life, legacy and more than 60 years of extraordinary activism — from the bold teenager on the front lines of the Civil Rights movement to the legislative powerhouse he was throughout his career. After Lewis petitioned Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to help integrate a segregated school in his hometown of Troy, Alabama, King sent “the boy from Troy” a round trip bus ticket to meet with him. From that meeting onward, Lewis became one of King’s closest allies. He organized Freedom Rides that left him bloodied or jailed, and stood at the front lines in the historic marches on Washington and Selma. He never lost the spirit of the “boy from Troy” and called on his fellow Americans to get into “good trouble” until his passing on July 17, 2020.”

Join moderators Peter Warren, Upper School History and Film teacher, and Traci Wright, Upper School Dean of Students, for a guided conversation about this important film. Guest panelists include Kendall Clark ’19, Kayla Williams ’18, and Nancy Zirkin ’64. Register below to receive a special Park access link, which will be shared in early February. The film will be free for Park community members for 48 hours, between February 5 and 7.

Participants: No minimum


BOOK CLUB — We’re Better Than This: My Fight for the Future of Our Democracy

Tuesday, March 2, 7:30-8:45 p.m

“Known for his poise, intellect, and influence until his death in October 2019, Elijah Cummings was one of the most respected figures in contemporary politics, a politician who held fast to his beliefs but was not afraid to reach across the aisle in the name of friendship and progress. Since his earliest days in government through his time as a representative and chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, he proved his abilities as a politician who could operate at the highest levels of democracy, serving the people of Baltimore and illustrating the importance of working with—and for—the underdog… Part memoir, part call to action, We’re Better Than This is the story of our modern-day democracy and the threats that we all must face together, as well as a retrospective on the life and career of one of our country’s most inspirational politicians.”

Join author and former Park Trustee Jim Dale, who co-authored We’re Better Than This with the late Congressman Elijah Cummings, and Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, consultant, politician, former chair of the Maryland Democratic Party, and wife of Congressman Cummings, who wrote the final chapter of the book, for a conversation about his personal insights into the Congressman’s life and legacy, as well as a glimpse into the collaborative process behind the book.

Please consider supporting local independent bookstores if you are purchasing the book. A limited number of books have been purchased by the school and are available for community members to borrow. Please email Jayme Wood ’93, Director of Events and Parent Programs (jwood@parkschool.net), if you would like to borrow a copy.

Participants: No maximum.


Questions? Contact Adrienne Peres, Associate Director of Development, aperes@parkschool.net.