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Youth Rights Conference Focuses on School-to-Prison Pipeline

This year’s Youth Rights Conference presented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky will focus on the school to prison pipeline, among other civil rights issues relevant to local teens.

For the past several months, a group of students from various Jefferson County high schools have been organizing a day of workshops and strategy sessions. The ACLU sponsors the event along with the Muhammad Ali Center and the Americans Who Tell the Truth project.

Michele Hemenway is director of Americans Who Tell the Truth. She says the youth organizers chose the theme “History Repeating Itself” to underscore that civil rights protests of the past are still important.

“Their concern is that if we do not study the lives of individuals in the past and how they solved problems and created social change and social justice that we are doomed to continue repeating those same errors. And that without honest and deliberate conversation about these matters we can expect more of the same,” she says.