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Diversity and Inclusion

Sandy and Emma: Tough Talks Made Easier Through Storytelling

February 24, 2021 at 7:00pm8:00pm EST

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Talking with children about social justice issues isn’t easy. With the books of the Emmy-winning Cheryl Wills ’89 (Newhouse School of Public Communications) as example, this event will provide parents, educators, grandparents and caregivers with strategies for discussing race and historical inequity with children. Set in the time period surrounding the Civil War, these books feature important themes detailing slavery in the United States. As the great great great granddaughter of enslaved people, one a Civil War veteran, Cheryl Wills has shared her genealogical research journey before a General Assembly of the United Nations and the National Archives. She has shared the stories from The Emancipation of Grandpa Sandy Wills and Emma with students from elementary schools all over New York City.

Also featuring Petrina Jackson, Director of the Special Collections Research Center at Syracuse University Libraries, Dr. Jeff Mangram, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Social Studies Education in the School of Education, and Dr. Chandice Haste-Jackson, Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science at Falk College.

In collaboration with the Office of Multicultural Advancement and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

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This event was first published on January 26, 2021 and last updated on February 11, 2021.


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