Bernita Bradley – Detroit Michigan

I am a parent! My voice is the weapon of choice in which I use to raise awareness that I do not speak alone. I work to assure that my voice is present at every change making table that impacts the lives of children in and around Detroit. I build relationships with the intent of bridging gaps that prevent underserved students from gaining access to supports, resources and education outcome they need to succeed. Again, I am a parent and I have found a part of my passion.

Favorite MLK quote:

“Some of us who have already begun to break the silence of the night have found that the calling to speak is often a vocation of agony, but we must speak. We must speak with all the humility that is appropriate to our limited vision, but we must speak.”

Why is this my favorite:

This speech that this quote is from explained how King faced some hard realities about the war on poverty. While he spoke about Vietnam, his message was clear that the war was a tool used to kill off our young black men. All while fighting alongside white boys who were not deemed their equal at home. His choice to speak out about it cost him support from people who had pegged him as their go-to man for people of color. You know, their sort of ‘house nigga’. He declared that his eyes were opened and the government’s war against Vietnam was a slap in the face to the very people he was teaching to be nonviolent.

When did this quote come to life for you?

This quote came to life for me when sitting in rooms with the board at my former job. And they were clear that accountability was not their priority and not where funders wanted their money to go. Detroit has some enemies (The Betsy DeVoses) but we also have a few who look just like us. It’s about money and the Black Who’s Who. They don’t have what’s best for families in mind.

Bernita also blogs at Detroit School Talk.


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