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
Kelli’s post originally appeared on her blog Joy of Urban Education. Since 2017, I have written a few articles focused on White tears. Specifically those of White women and the ways in which school leaders, managers, coaches, and staff respond to them, particularly when the response obstructs focusing on the needs of Black students in urban schools. So far, this has been a three-part series; … Continue reading Kelli: Part IV: White Tears in Urban Schools–from a White Woman’s Perspective
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
This post was originally published on Tanesha’s blog Hope + Outrage. Yeah, I said it. All week, on social media and news outlets, there’s been coverage of Virginia’s Governor, Ralph Northam, denying claims of wearing blackface in the ’80s and refusing to resign over the controversy. NAACP ✔@NAACP “For African Americans [Blackface and a Klan uniform] is the symbol of domestic terrorism…and for Northam and [Mark Herring], they … Continue reading Tanesha: While We’re Stuck On Blackface, Black Faces Continue to Suffer in a Racist School System
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
How is it that a White teacher — at a professed Christian school, no less — can go before her students dressed up in Black face and a dashiki during an assembly about Africa? In New York, as well as other states, the act of “conduct unbecoming” is a judgement that can get a teacher investigated and, eventually, suspended. California, for example, calls this process … Continue reading Vivett: Hey, Racist White People, Burn your Black Face Makeup Kits The Way You Burn Your Crosses And Just Stop!
“Naw fam. We been woke as hell.” Angela Rye Have we, though? For the past 2 weeks, I have had some real, real woke moments in my life that had me questioning my purpose. I took some time, sat down and reevaluated my calling as an educator. I realized I needed those wake-up calls to ask myself, “Are you really woke though?” I discovered I … Continue reading Dia: A Tale of Two Woke Lessons
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