This isn’t about equity anymore. It’s about educational justice and freedom. Black kids are set up for failure at day one. They walk into their kindergarten classroom with optimism, excitement, a sense of being a “big boy” or a “big girl” and most importantly, dreams. But throughout their educational career, those dreams are crushed or marred by falsehoods, traumatic experiences and empty promises. Our communities … Continue reading I Have A Dream
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?
I attended excellent schools for no other reason than my zip code was home to a high quality and well-resourced school system. A system where expectations are high for everyone: students, staff, and the community at large. There were almost no students of color in my school, except for those who participated in a program designed to bus students in from Boston so they could … Continue reading Making Good On The Broken Promise Of Education
My two grandsons, age four and six, had a great time eating cookies and running around our yard. They had no idea that a historical moment (gay marriage) was taking place and they were right in the middle of it. Neither one of them understand that I love and married their original grandfather. ◊♦◊ Adults have more than a few opinions about my life and … Continue reading Guest Blog: How A Gay Grandparent Will Lovingly Raise Black Boys
“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” -Frederick Douglass I think about this quite a lot and it often leads me to reflect on the trauma that our Black boys face growing up. To help nurture strong Black boys, we need to address the trauma that many of them face inside and outside of school. Trauma undermines children’s inherent curiosity and desire … Continue reading Sharif El Mekki: Black Boy Trauma Gets in the Way of Black Boy Joy