Equity starts with admittance. Equity starts with acknowledgment. Equity starts with accuracy. Admitting that all children are not educated the same and, most importantly, should not be educated the same explains the need for equity. To be quite clear, this brings the acknowledgment that equality can be an enemy of equity. When we open our eyes to this fact we see a need to make … Continue reading We Cannot Solve Issues of Equity Until We First Acknowledge the Problem
He started a humanitarianism meeting with “First I start with Love because I love every one.” I can’t even remember the gentlemen’s name but we would go on to discuss inclusion and how as a nation we humanitarians must practice inclusion. Including everyone in all aspects of life means you think about the other person’s reasoning for wanting to exclude others. It made us think … Continue reading Start With Love
He was seven years old, riding in the backseat of his fathers black Bronco. I drove up alongside him happy that I’d come across them at the light. My nephew pointed a toy gun at me that looked more real than fake and ducked back down below the window. When he noticed me his eyes lit up as he turned to his dad. “It’s Auntie … Continue reading Motherless Child: A Black Boy’s Trauma
Forced to Face One of My Darkest Fears: Winter of 2017 I caught a flight for a training in Washington D. C. and to join family at the capital. One of my cousins was speaking to congress and I was excited to join her my last day there. I contemplated attending the meeting that last day. Wore out and a twenty-minute unexpected detour made me … Continue reading The Girl In the Alley
Bernita’s post originally appeared in Detroit School Talk. Being a mother angry about education is one thing but to be a black mother angry about education can sometimes get you labeled. How do I write about good things when the moment you do, another heavy issue arises that negatively impact our children? When you write about advocating for black children, you’re deemed too militant. When … Continue reading Diary of An Angry Black Mom
It’s National School Choice Week and One Voice believes that every student should have access to a high-quality school. Period. So we are honoring the week through the lens of educational equity – which, for us, is neither new nor a week-long jaunt. We do this work every single day. Check us out: “Parent choice is a choice for educational freedom. Freedom, my brothers and sisters! … Continue reading One Voice Talks the Right to a High-Quality Education No Matter the School
Martin Luther King Jr. was brilliant. His actions allowed him to capture audiences and move even the hardest of hearts. He sat in rooms with his enemies and shared his passion in a way that caused his hearers to never doubt that he was still for his people. His words, prolific yet prophetic, told of days that would follow his death and days that we’ve … Continue reading Bernita: The Grace Behind The King!