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'Fishbowl' to explore crisis in black education, seek solutions

Organizers are seeking participants for a "fishbowl" Saturday at East High School to explore the "crisis in black education" and the community's responsibility in educating youth. The goal is to come up with solutions to one key educational issue that community members have the power to solve.

The fishbowl involves participants sitting in concentric circles with those on the inside -- initially students -- expressing their concerns and those on the outside "actively listening" and repeating back what they hear. The groups later switch places, before voting to decide which issue they want to address and coming up with potential solutions.  The entire exercise will take an hour and 35 minutes and will be done with the help of students from SUNY Buffalo State. The program will begin at 10 a.m. with breakfast in the cafeteria at the school, 820 Northampton St.

The exercise will be limited to 15 community stakeholders, nine parents and seven students to keep it manageable. However, sponsors  -- the Michigan Street African-American Heritage Corridor, East District School Board Member Theresa Harris-Tigg, Say Yes Buffalo and the school  -- are still seeking participants. Anyone interested should RSVP at or text Gail V. Wells at 830-9453.


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