cheering at graduation

A proud Black family deserves jail time for cheering on their loved one at graduation?
A petition

Overcome with joy at the sight of graduate Lanarcia Walker receiving a diploma, her father let out a “You did it, baby!” as she strode across the stage. For that show of emotion — and for violating a “no yelling” policy — they were ejected from the ceremony. However, two weeks later, The Walker family was served with court papers; Superintendent Jay Foster had filed disturbing the peace charges against them! They may be facing real jail time, and hefty fines they say they cannot afford to pay. There are other ways to deter noise making at a graduation besides criminalizing proud Black families. This is a classic example of Black communities being overcharged for seemingly innocuous actions. The Walker family are due in court this Monday, and it’s unclear if the Tate County District Attorney will press charges or not.

Join us in demanding Superintendent Jay Foster drop the charges against the Walkers. With enough public outrage, we have a chance at getting him to walk back this egregious behavior


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Denene Millner

Mom. NY Times bestselling author. Pop culture ninja. Unapologetic lover of shoes, bacon and babies. Nice with the verbs. Founder of the top black parenting website, MyBrownBaby.

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