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Toting a backpack nearly as large as she is, 5-year-old Solana Miller grasps the hand of her aunt Patrice Liddell while leaving a back-to-school festival in St. Louis on Aug. 4, 2012. Photo by Sid Hastings

ST. LOUIS  •   A community summit addressing racial inequality in public education will be held on Saturday, and will provide a close look at early childhood education, excessive school discipline, school politics and funding.

John Jackson, president of the Schott Foundation for Public Education an an expert on educating black males, will give the keynote address. The summit will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. John's Church, 4136 North Grand Avenue, St. Louis. It is being sponsored by Metropolitan Congregations United, United Congregations of the Metro East, American Federation of Teachers St. Louis, and other community groups. 

"The killing of Mike Brown in Ferguson put front and center the long-simmering issue of racial inequality," said Carolyn Randazzo of Metropolitan Congregations United. "This summit will bring together the faith community, educators, parents and community activists to brainstorm ideas for ensuring that all students get a top-notch public education."