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On Wednesday, February 24, the Durham District School Board (DDSB) welcomed acclaimed public speaker, author, social media influencer, and parent Bee Quammie to speak with parents/guardians on “How to Talk to Your Children about Anti-Black Racism” as part of the DDSB’s ongoing Parent Engagement Series.

Ms. Quammie was joined by over 640 people as they watched the virtual event live on this very important topic.  This presentation is a part of the DDSB commitment to combat anti-Black racism and provide resources to support and encourage parents/guardians through the DDSB Parent Involvement Committee (PIC).

Ms. Quammie guided participants through techniques and questions to ask when speaking about anti-Black racism to children.  She also provided practical tips as to what we can all do to make a difference when addressing anti-Black racism for young minds.

After delivering the virtual keynote presentation, Ms. Quammie then hosted a question and answer session for all attendees responding to questions on how to support and frame anti-Black racism thoughts and action while being an ally to support students.

The presentation coincides with the recently released “Addressing ANTI-BLACK RACISM & ITS IMPACT: A Well-Being Toolkit for Families” created by the DDSB Inclusive Student Services (ISS) Department (Social Work and Psychological Services staff) that identify as members of the Black, Latinx and White communities.

The webinar has been posted online and interested parents/guardians can view the webinar by visiting:

The Durham District School Board (DDSB) is responsible for public education in the rural settings of Uxbridge, Brock and Scugog Townships and the urban settings of Ajax, Whitby, Pickering and Oshawa. The DDSB employs 6,900 teaching and educational services staff. With 133 elementary and secondary schools and learning centres, the DDSB accommodates more than 72,000 regular day students and thousands more who take advantage of a wide variety of continuing education and adult credit courses. More information can be found on the DDSB’s website at Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @DurhamDSB, Instagram @durhamschools and YouTube at DurhamDSB.


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