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CPS Students Speak Up and Speak Out on Racial Issues

CPS Students Speak Up and Speak Out LogoCincinnati Public Schools values the voice of the African American community, and we want our African American students to be heard as well.

CPS Students Speak Up and Speak Out gives African American students opportunities to share their experiences surrounding racial injustice and inequities. It’s also a place for Cincinnati leaders to hear them and discuss how we can empower our young people to effectively create change.

Joshua Hardin, CPS' Athletics Manager and coordinator of Speak Up and Speak Out, described the first forum as, "great, powerful and emotional, but so needed."

"CPS hears and honors the voice of the African American community, and we want to do the same for the African American students we serve," Hardin said. "We are deeply committed to ensuring all students have access to high-quality education, and are committed to listening and making changes necessary to be a part of much needed systemic change."

The primary audience is CPS' students in grades 7-12, with a special focus on our African American students. Students may join in via a web browser, phone or mobile device.

The forum is open to news media and community members in listen-only mode.

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speak up and speak out flier (all text on the page)CPS Students Speak Up and Speak Out is at 4:30 p.m. Monday, February 21, 2022.


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Cincinnati Public Schools students will be joined by our partners at Cohear to discuss the impact of Speak Up and Speak Our in our district and how they are feeling at this time. Our students will also discuss "How It Feels to Be Colored Me," written by Zora Neale Hurston and the impact of her powerful words. 

How Can I Participate in a Forum

All are welcome to attend each forum, and there will be opportunities for all students to join in and have their voices heard. If you would like to be a preselected student on our panel or assist with the forums, please contact your school Athletic Director. Athletic Directors information can be found here.


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