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Dyett Hunger Strike Continues as Group Adds Demands

Jitu Brown speaks at a Brown v. Board of Education rally in Washington, DC (Jazelle Hunt/NNPA)
Jitu Brown speaks at a Brown v. Board of Education rally in Washington, DC (Jazelle Hunt/NNPA)

Tina Sfondeles, THE CHICAGO SUN-TIMES

 
CHICAGO (The Chicago Sun-Times) — The hunger strike continued Friday for a group protesting Dyett High School’s new destiny as an art school as members announced the Rev. Jesse Jackson will help them negotiate their demands with the Chicago Public Schools and Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

On Thursday, CPS and Emanuel announced that Dyett will become an open-enrollment arts-themed high school — which was not one of three proposals submitted to CPS as part of its selection process.

The hunger strikers — now on day 19 — represented one of those proposals. The Kenwood-Oakland Community Organization sought to create the Dyett Global Leadership and Green Technology and began their hunger strike on Aug. 17, vowing not to eat solid foods until their goals are met.

“The hunger strike continues and we want the world to know that Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools do not respect or care about the voices of black families,” said Jitu Brown, the group’s leader.

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