Join us for a Screening of The Pushouts which focuses on the alarming rate of high school dropouts and the critical state of public education through the story of Victor Rios. Rios was a gang member in West Oakland who was headed for a life of incarceration when he met an inspirational teacher. Now a professor at UC Santa Barbara, Rios and his mentor dedicate their lives to motivating young Mexican and African-American teens to realize their potential. Afterward, we will have a Q&A with Co-Director Dawn Valadez.
This program is part of the Tarea Hall Pittman Social Justice Series. This program honors the legacy of Ms. Pittman’s social justice activism that positively affected the lives of people in California. Programming topics and formats are diverse but the goal of each event is to bring awareness and promote discussions related to human rights, social privilege, and equal opportunity.
This program is funded through the generous support of the Friends of the Berkeley Public Library.