Community and Legislative Forum on School Segregation in New Jersey


November 21, 2019 - 6:30 to 8:00 PM

Mount Zion Baptist Church in Pleasantville, NJ

Join with education, civil rights, labor, faith and local elected leaders on November 21, 2019 to discuss the pressing issue of school segregation in New Jersey. You can register to confirm your attendance here.

The symposium, organized by Building One New Jersey and held at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Pleasantville, will grapple with the serious problem and debilitating consequences of New Jersey's racially segregated schools.

And it will put forward a community and legislative response aimed at reducing segregation, strengthening communities and improving education for all students. 

It will start at 6:30 PM and end at 8:00 PM at the Mount Zion Baptist Church, 353 S New Rd, Pleasantville, NJ 08232

The convening will include experts, civil rights lawyers and historians and well as educators, parents, local leaders and state policy makers.

 Speakers include:



John C. Brittain

Olie W. Rauh Professor of Law, UDC David A. Clarke School of Law 



Ashley Bennett

Atlantic County Freeholder




Rev. Willie Francois

Pastor, Mount Zion Baptist Church, Pleasantville, NJ




Yolanda Melville, Esquire

President of the NAACP Next Generation (“NextGen”) Alumni Leadership Council




Frank Santo

Councilman, Galloway Township, NJ




Phil D. Murphy (invited)

Governor of New Jersey






 School Integration in New Jersey A Community and Legislative Response

Letter to Senator Booker   

Letter to Governor Murphy

Letter to Education Commissioner Repollet 

Letter to Senate President Sweeney

Letter to Speaker Coughlin


Draft framework for a Remedy as presented to Governor Murphy

Download the handout here