The California Endowment hosted Monique W. Morris and a distinguished panel to discuss her new book, Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools, which examines the lives of black girls in America. Across the country, black girls’ lives are misunderstood, highly judged – by teachers, administrators, and the justice system – and devalued by the very institutions charged with helping them flourish. Morris shows how, despite obstacles, stigmas, stereotypes and despair, Black girls still find ways to breathe remarkable dignity into their lives in classrooms, juvenile facilities and beyond. Along with Monique Morris, the panel included Ingrid Archie, Prop 47 Coordinator from A New Way of Life, Nola Brantley, consultant for agencies working to end sex trafficking, and was moderated by Priscilla Ocen, Associate Professor of Law at Loyola Law School. The event opened and closed out with powerful performances by Jazz Hudson.