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
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
The special occasion champagne flutes have been long tucked away in the china press filled with pretty things that go ever untouched and the newness of the new year burned clean by January 2. If you are a black woman in America and have watched the news for any length of time, it’s possible you were triggered by the stories of physical and sexual violence … Continue reading We’re Back! Happy New Year From One Voice
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
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
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
Martin Luther King Jr. was brilliant. His actions allowed him to capture audiences and move even the hardest of hearts. He sat in rooms with his enemies and shared his passion in a way that caused his hearers to never doubt that he was still for his people. His words, prolific yet prophetic, told of days that would follow his death and days that we’ve … Continue reading Bernita: The Grace Behind The King!
In August of 2017, I met Ms. A. Reddick at the Millions For Prisoner’s Rights March on Washington. She, like most people there, has a loved one incarcerated. In her case, it is her 20 year old son, Corey. L. Sutton, Jr. Of all the stories of incarceration that I heard that day and since, Corey’s has stuck with me. Perhaps in the teacher in me that … Continue reading Vivett: “I Will Never Stop Fighting For My Son’s Freedom!”: The Corey L. Sutton, Jr. Story