By Deanna Townsend-Smith

November 13, 2023

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is the “Final Word” by Deanna Townsend-Smith from the Nov. 11, 2023 broadcast of Education Matters: “Mapping the Movement and Color of Education 2023.” Townsand-Smith is Senior Director of the Dudley Flood Center for Educational Equity and Opportunity at the Public School Forum of North Carolina.

Together we can achieve so much more. The Color of Education Summit brings together educators, policymakers, researchers, students, parents, community members, and other key stakeholders focused on achieving racial equity and eliminating racial disparities in education. Color of Education is a partnership between the Dudley Flood Center for Educational Equity and Opportunity, the Public School Forum of North Carolina, the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University, and the Center for Child and Family Policy.

The intent of Color of Education and Mapping the Movement is to bring a collective together to accomplish common goals and objectives by sharing information and resources while creating a synergistic commitment to action. These events help to keep us focused and give us hope that change can be achieved when we strategize, organize, and plan for the future we want to see.