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 Prominent Anti-Racist Activist Tim Wise Keynotes “Excellence Comes In All Colors” Kick Off

​More then 400 court school teachers, students and administrators packed the San Diego Museum of Art’s Copley Auditorium to hear anti-racist activist Tim Wise implore them on his theory of white privilege and its implications for students, teachers and school achievement.

Wise, a professor at Tulane University and a popular lecturer on college campuses across the country, was in San Diego to kick-off the Juvenile Court and Community Schools’ “Excellence Comes in All Colors” program. The court schools are operated by the San Diego County Office of Education.

The evening began with the introduction of the Excellence Comes in All Colors Committee, and the goals of the program, which are to teach and implement cultural awareness and equity to the educational community.

The announcement and recognition of JCCS student art contest winners followed, with awards for the winning Excellence Comes in All Colors logo provided by the San Diego Chargers and Padres organizations.

Wise followed the awards ceremony, focusing his remarks on the issues of racism and the achievement gap. He also discussed the way teachers and all education officials should interact with children of color. Wise is passionate about children of color requiring specific ways of instruction and interaction. He told the audience that the notion of treating all children the same is not an effective way to close the achievement gap.

Wise’s lecture ended with a question and answer session where attendees asked about current racial issues around the nation and their communities. Crowds later gathered for a book signing session which gave them the opportunity to meet Wise and purchase his book, White, Like Me: Reflections on Race From a Privileged Son.

Wise has spoken in 48 states, and over 350 college campuses, including Harvard, Stanford, and Yale. He has trained teachers as well as corporate, government, media and law enforcement officials on methods for dismantling racism in their institutions.