Your Privilege Is The Enemy of My Equity

Picture a youth soccer match where each team is equally equipped with shin guards, cleats, and an experienced soccer coach. You would say that’s level playing field, right? Well, what you don’t see and can’t quantify is the privilege chilling on the sidelines. One of the teams has a parent who happens to be a highly influential city councilperson in a city vying against other … Continue reading Your Privilege Is The Enemy of My Equity

Black Girls Turning Trauma Into Triumph, A Special Kind of Boss Behavior

When One Voice founding members agreed to dedicate the magazine’s March edition to Black Girl Trauma, I completely checked out. Each of us could write a tome on the subject, choosing a from a long list of sub-categories within the framework of Black Girl Trauma. Just the anecdotal information alone I’ve collected in my heart and consciousness throughout my four and half decades is enough … Continue reading Black Girls Turning Trauma Into Triumph, A Special Kind of Boss Behavior

Literacy Connects Our Past to the Present and Guides Our Steps Toward the Future

We all know children are much better at imitating what we adults do than obeying what we say, so maybe one simple way we can address the literacy crisis that is gripping our schools and communities is for us, the adults, to start reading more. And while the problem transcends race, class and gender, it’s particularly critical among black children and worse for children in … Continue reading Literacy Connects Our Past to the Present and Guides Our Steps Toward the Future

One Voice Talks the Right to a High-Quality Education No Matter the School

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

Vesia: One Year Later and Shaking My Head – Sorry, Dr. King

I decided to check out my blog from last year’s commemoration of Dr. King and what I discovered depressed me. Not only have my feelings and fears regarding the direction of this country NOT changed, they’re enhanced with anxiety. In the past year, racism has re-introduced itself to the public forum, no longer satisfied with wrecking our institutions for people of color behind the scenes. … Continue reading Vesia: One Year Later and Shaking My Head – Sorry, Dr. King

Vesia Wilson-Hawkins – Nashville, TN

Vesia Wilson-Hawkins, a former Metro Nashville Public Schools student, parent, and staffer has spent nearly 20 years in and around the education landscape in Nashville.  This work began while at the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce before moving to Metro Nashville Public Schools to work with families in her role as community outreach coordinator and members of the elected school board as board liaison.  In … Continue reading Vesia Wilson-Hawkins – Nashville, TN