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Education as a Civil Right

September 14, 2020

For many years, President Bush has described education as an urgent civil rights issue in America.  As the 2020-21 school year begins, we’re be joined on video by historian Lonnie Bunch, who was the founding director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture and is the current Secretary of the Smithsonian Institute; and in person by Jamila Thomas, SVP of Big Brothers Big Sisters Greater Dallas, former director of the Dallas Independent School District’s racial equity office, and a 2019 Presidential Leadership Scholar. Bush Institute Executive Director Holly Kuzmich discusses the state of civil rights in America and what’s at stake for our country if we don’t ensure a quality education is accessible for all.