Spring’s Cold Shoulder

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

Honoring Black History, Present, and Future Through The Lens Of The Village

One Voice honors black history, present and future three hundred sixty-five days a year through our fight for black children’s right to an excellent education. We do this because we understand the value of The Village, a makeshift community of skinfolk who have each other’s back, picking up the slack wherever we find lack. Throughout the history of dark-skinned people from the African diaspora, The … Continue reading Honoring Black History, Present, and Future Through The Lens Of The Village

Vesia: Black Girl, Interrupted: From School To The School Board

Two years ago, I sat in a diversity sensitivity training for new teachers led by a friend who’d asked me to attend for emotional support. The room filled with youthful exuberance and confidence, mostly white and female, would soon be unceremoniously doused by my friend’s real-life examples of grave educational injustices inflicted upon children of color and stories of parents and grandparents fighting like hell to … Continue reading Vesia: Black Girl, Interrupted: From School To The School Board

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