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
It’s twelve days into Black History Month and One Voice members have been busy honoring the past while working to build a greater future for our children. Let’s be clear we are Black and excellent and honor black excellence 365 days a year. Still, we gleefully join in on the national celebration of our foremothers and forefathers who left a legacy of hard work, unbreakable … Continue reading One Voice: I Am Because We Are
I was deep into high school before I even heard about reparations, specifically reparations to descendants of Africans stolen from their homeland and enslaved in America for 250 plus years. I had finished watching a movie by Spike Lee called School Daze for the umpteenth time. I noticed Mr. Lee’s production company was called 40 Acres and a Mule. What does that mean? That pushed … Continue reading Education Reparations: Pay What You Owe
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