New York City Celebrates “Black Girl Takeover Weekend”

Highlights include screenings of “PUSHOUT: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools” Documentary Throughtout the Boroughs of New York City on October 11-13

On October 11 from 4 – 8 pm in New York City, “Black Girl Takeover Weekend” will kick off with a screening of “PUSHOUT: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. (You can view the trailer to this powerful documentary here.) The screening is a part of a summit for girls and their advocates and a special program for girls and educators on the occasion of the International Day of the Girl, to be celebrated on October 11th. The Met is located at 1000 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10028.

Pushout film poster.

Black and Brown girls continue to disproportionately experience harsh and exclusionary school discipline for incidents and behaviors that do not pose a critical threat to the safety of the learning environment. Many of these behaviors are fueled by experiences with trauma, much of which is under-reported for girls of color,” said Dr. Monique W. Morris, executive producer and co-writer for the PUSHOUT documentary. “This weekend in NYC is to acknowledge the critical role of arts education in response to trauma and to amplify the tremendous work that has been done to advocate for learning conditions that girls want and deserve.

During the Summit, in addition to the screening of the film, there will be discussions and breakout sessions. These sessions will consist of high school-aged youth reflecting on the film through art making and writing. The summit was created by The Met in collaboration with Dr. Morris and Denise Pines, one of the executive producers of PUSHOUT and co-owner of Women in the Room Productions.

Fostering the conditions for young people to share their critical thoughts about their experiences through art is absolutely vital and essential to how we support youth voices at The Met. We are so excited to partner with Dr. Morris, Girls for Gender Equity, the NYC Department of Education, Brotherhood-Sister Sol, Everyblackgirl, and S.O.U.L.Sisters on Liberation: A Summit for Girls and their Advocates,” said Sandra Jackson-Dumont, the Museum’s Frederick P. and Sandra P. Rose Chairman of Education.

This feature-length documentary based upon Dr. Morris’s books, PUSHOUT: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools (The New Press, 2018) and Sing a Rhythm, Dance a Blues (The New Press, 2019) exposes a new and alarming trend: African American girls are the fastest-growing population in the juvenile justice system and the only group of girls disproportionately experiencing harsh discipline at every educational level. The film also explores critical interventions that interrupt criminalization in schools.

PUSHOUT exposes the educational and judicial disparities African-American girls face in the United States. The film included heart-wrenching stories from girls (from ages 7 to 19), across the country (Miami, FL; Portland, OR; Oakland, CA; Sacramento, CA; Columbus, OH) as they narrated the challenges they have encountered in their learning environments and beyond. PUSHOUT also features insight from experts across the country who have worked in social justice, gender equality and educational equity.

PUSHOUT is a film by Jacoba Atlas and Monique W. Morris and produced by Women in the Room Productions, owned by executive producer Denise Pines and director Jacoba Atlas. Funding is provided by NoVo Foundation, Meadow Fund, Ford Foundation, Ms. Foundation, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, Stuart Foundation and Films for Purpose.

Here is the Black Girl Takeover Weekend schedule:

Friday, October 11, 2019 (MANHATTAN)

  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10028
  • TIME: 4:00 PM-8:00 PM (Note: This is a private event.)

Friday, October 11, 2019 (BRONX)

  • East Side House, Mitchel Community Center, 210 Alexander Ave. Bronx, NY 10454
  • TIME: 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Saturday, October 12, 2019 (HARLEM)

  • Justice for Black Girls Citywide Conference
  • Book Signing/Lecture w/ Dr. Monique Morris
  • First Corinthian Baptist Church, 1912 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd
  • New York, NY 10026
  • TIME: 10:00 AM -5:00 PM

Saturday, October 12, 2019 (STATEN ISLAND)

  • St. George Library
  • 5 Central Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301
  • TIME: 10:30 AM -1:00 PM

Saturday, October 12, 2019

  • (BROOKLYN) PUSHOUT: Black Girl Takeover BK!
  • Billie Holiday Theatre
  • Community Dance Center, 1368 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11216
  • TIME: 6:30 PM -9:00 PM

Sunday, October 13, 2019

  • (ULSTER)
  • YMCA of Kingston & Ulster Country, 507 Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401
  • TIME: 3:00 PM -6:00 PM

The next official screenings are in Miami, FL, Tacoma, WA, Santa Ana Pueblo, NM, Atlanta, GA and Washington, DC. More than 14 official screenings are planned for this Fall, in addition to more than 100 hosted by community leaders across the country. For additional information, visit www.pushoutfilm.com.