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Four young Black women who created a racial justice podcast and pushed Denver Public Schools to diversify its curriculum sued the district Monday. They allege Denver Public Schools unlawfully tried to trademark and steal the name of their podcast — Know Justice, Know Peace — “knowing full well the brand name was created by the students.”
“Shame on DPS,” the lawsuit says.
The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court on behalf of two graduates of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College high school, Alana Mitchell and Jenelle Nangah, and two current students who are only identified by their initials because they are minors.
In July 2020, as the nation reckoned with racial justice and police brutality in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, the students released their first podcast episode. They shared the history of the Fourth of July and Juneteenth holidays, and their own experiences with racism.
“We wanted people to hear our voices,” Nangah told Chalkbeat at the time.
The podcast — the full name of which was Know Justice, Know Peace: DMLK’s The Take — attracted widespread media attention, including an appearance on The Today Show. The students’ advocacy pushed the Denver school board to pass a Know Justice, Know Peace resolution ordering the district to diversify the curriculum.
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