Black Public Scholars

April 24, 2011

Kelley Williams-Bolar Reaches Out to Support Tonya McDowell (Video)

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From Dr. Boyce Watkins, The Your Black World Coalition

This week, I spoke with Kelley Williams-Bolar, the mother who was arrested in Ohio for sending her child to the wrong school.  The fight is not over for Kelley (who I am going to speak with again on Monday).  The state is still working to prosecute her father, an aging man who had a stroke.  She says that in spite of her father’s health condition, local prosecutors are still trying to harm their family on their malicious charge. 

Kelley also specifically mentioned to me that she would like to help Tonya McDowell, the homeless mom in Connecticut who was arrested recently for sending her five year old to a kindergarten outside her alleged home city.  She chose the school in Norwalk Connecticut because it has a good reading program, while the schools in Bridgeport (where the state alleges that her child belongs) are among the worst in the state. 

We are going to Connecticut to rally for Tonya sometime in early May, preferably before her court date.  I’ll keep you posted.  If you’d like to show support for Tonya’s case, please sign our petition by clicking here.  You can watch the video below to hear the words coming out of my very own mouth.

 

 

Sincerely, Dr. Boyce Watkins

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