The Bertha Crosley Ball Center for Compassion

Leading With Integrity When Culture Wars Come to Town

April 27, 2022
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
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Join us for an evening conversation with Dr. James Whitfield! 

Wednesday, April 27th  •  5:00 - 7:00 p.m. ET •  Zoom  •  Free and open to the public

Missed the event?  See the recorded video here.  

Our public education system is under attack as misinformation, misdirection, and outright lies infiltrate our communities.  One of the tools used to advance this culture war has been the twisted misrepresentation of Critical Race Theory, a graduate-level framework based on the premise that race is socially constructed (though it becomes real through these social constructions), which is not taught in K-12 schools.  While School Board meetings across the country have become the battleground on which this culture war has been fought, it doesn’t stop there.  It has poured into our school buildings, threatening the livelihood of educators and the educational experiences of our youth.  


Drawing on his lived personal and professional experiences, former high school principal Dr. James Whitfield will share relevant stories of how these culture wars are impacting educators and students across the country.  He will also lead us along his journey from a young Black boy growing up in rural west Texas to becoming a high school principal in a predominantly white, highly conservative, north Texas community as the culture wars were forming.  As he guides us in exploring how to be proactive and prepared for when the culture wars come to town, Dr. Whitfield will address the resistance levied against him and the fight that ensued in the name of truth, equity, equality, inclusivity, and diversity.

About the Speaker

Photo of Dr. James WhitfieldDr. James Whitfield is an education advocate centered on creating safe, nurturing, and equitable learning environments.

His passions include sharing insightful stories of the power of education; leading with love, integrity, and dignity; overcoming adversity; and fighting with purpose and conviction for truth and justice. He also shares the experience of being the first Black principal at three different Texas public schools; his last leadership position was in a school district with less than 7% Black population.

Dr. Whitfield is skilled in building positive culture, creating sustainable change, innovation, and dynamic coaching to build excellent and equitable learning environments for all students. Along the way, he inadvertently became an exceptional media spokesperson with international attention.

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