“From The Community to the Classroom” is a movement, created in response to the 2003 hate crimes along with educational inequities occurring in the Davis, California school System.  A documentary was created to tell the story of how together youth and adults helped their community overcome its 21st century racism.

“Many good folks, including President Obama, have labeled education as the civil rights issue of our time,” says Jann Murray-García, M.D., and M.P.H. Assistant Professor at the University of Davis’ Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. Youth In Focus is a Central Valley based nonprofit with the mission to “educate under-represented youth and their adult allies in youth-led action research”.

Youth In Focus recruited during the research phase of this movement to assist in training student in non-violent social change strategies and action research. “Educational inequity by race and class are morally and economically expensive, and for me as a pediatrician, ultimately impact the life outcomes of our children and communities,” said Murray.

In commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday a free public screening of “From the Community to the Classroom” will be on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 from 6-8:30pm. The screening will take place at the Guild Theater, 2828 35th Street, historic Oak Park, Sacramento, CA. Please be sure to RSVP by January 10, 2013 via email 

For more information about From the Community to the Classroom’s movement, research, or film please check out the link below.