I have heard it said that winter, too, will pass, that spring is a sign that summer is due at last. See, all we have to do is hang on. – Maya Angelou Spring 2019 hasn’t exactly been the season of rebirth and zeal that its billing suggests. Even as our northern friends survived life-defying cold fronts and snow by clutching to the wisdom, that … Continue reading Spring’s Cold Shoulder
My grandmother used to say, “Some are called to the ministry and others went.” What she said stuck with me. Think of the damage a preacher could do to his congregation if he or she is not called to preach. I knew whatever path I took in life, I must be called to do it. It has to be my purpose for existing on this … Continue reading My Calling As An Educator and Advocate
CPTU founder and president, Gwen Samuel: “There should never be a K12 public school or educational law in the state of Connecticut or anywhere in the country that denies a child access to a safe and quality education because of the color of their skin or income level – period.” The Connecticut Parents Union (CTPU) has filed a federal lawsuit to end race-based enrollment quotas in public … Continue reading Gwen: Connecticut Parents Union File Federal Lawsuit Against State Opposing Magnet School Racial Quotas as Unconstitutional
5, 4, 3, 2, 1…Happy New Year! That was the collective chant across the globe twenty-four hours ago. Sad to say, yesterday, January 1, 2019 marks the end of the holiday season of goodwill towards all. The gifts of love that appeared abundant, since November 2018, will fade fast, especially for vulnerable children. As the saying goes, we are back to business as usual. While many … Continue reading Gwen: 2019: THE YEAR OF BLACK & BROWN PARENTS ESCAPING THE BURNING SCHOOL HOUSE OF SO-CALLED INTEGRATION – AT LEAST IN CONNECTICUT
Was school integration a blessing or a curse? This is a question I debate frequently with people who are education advocates for students of color. We have a mess on our hands. As a black parent, I can’t even move because I don’t know how my black twin sons will fare in another school. (If you don’t already know this…just because a school has an … Continue reading Was School Integration a Blessing or a Curse?
Let’s do an exercise, shall we? Take an inventory of your professional and social capital. Think about the people you invite into your home, those with whom you dine, the talent you’ve hired, and the thought-sources around The Table. We’ll come back to this. America was founded on the words “We the people” and would later underline America’s mission of oneness by proclaiming “one nation … Continue reading Inclusion
Welcome to our April 2018 edition of One Voice Blog Magazine! One Voice dedicates this month to Black Boy Trauma. When we speak of Black boys, we tend to use statistics to describe where they are and projections to inform us of their destination. It’s rare that we talk in terms of the situations and systemic forces waiting for Black boys upon entering the world … Continue reading April Edition: Black Boy Trauma
Black children are not allowed to be children. They are perceived by mainstream America, from out of the womb, as being armed, dangerous, and suspicious. They are constantly scrutinized, chastised, and over-managed. How many Black parents have had to sit their young Black child down and explain to them how to conduct themselves in public, aka around White people, so as not to be misconstrued … Continue reading Vivette Dukes: Black Children Are Neither Protected or Loved