The Black Parent’s Fight Against the Hoarding of Information and Opportunity in Education ?>

The Black Parent’s Fight Against the Hoarding of Information and Opportunity in Education

Today I carry no title other than human being. Yes, I am a proud Black woman and a mom but I am still mentally reeling from and dealing with so many tentacles of raw emotion from my visit last week to the Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama. They represent America’s first national memorial dedicated to victims of racial terror lynching and a new museum dedicated to slavery and its legacy, lest we forget….

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The Sad Reality: When The Laws Meant To Protect Black Children Actually Harm Them ?>

The Sad Reality: When The Laws Meant To Protect Black Children Actually Harm Them

  As a Black mom, aka mama bear, and an education advocate for equity and educational justice, I often reflect on Black history. Why? Because I am afraid if we do not learn from the past, as a people and as a country, we risk bringing back Jim Crow hidden in neatly packaged 21st century laws. And I, for one, will not accept that for my children, your children or the generations to come. These Black history reflective moments have…

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Parents, Voting Isn’t Enough To Keep Children Safe In School and Justly Educated ?>

Parents, Voting Isn’t Enough To Keep Children Safe In School and Justly Educated

Hey parents and guardians of children, many of us are experiencing some serious anxiety right about now, because once again, we are in back to school mode and primary/general election season. This means, as parents and guardians, it is our absolute unapologetic right and responsibility to ensure every education decision-maker, and those running for public office remember that our children’s safety, the quality of their education and their overall well-being is a priority. And THAT is non negotiable. “Children should…

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Why The Mark Janus Supreme Court Ruling Should Matter To Black Parents ?>

Why The Mark Janus Supreme Court Ruling Should Matter To Black Parents

In 2010, I learned about the California Parent Trigger law introduced by retired Senator Gloria Romero. This California parent empowerment law  gives parents the legal power to improve the educational experiences of their children.  As a result of this California parent empowerment law, I was awakened to “hope” for Connecticut marginalized children, knowing that there was a law on the books that can now help black parents, like me, help our children who are trapped in schools that cannot or…

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What California’s Unsung S/Hero Shirley Ford Meant To Me ?>

What California’s Unsung S/Hero Shirley Ford Meant To Me

Whether you have a Ph.D., or no D, we’re in this bag together. And whether you’re from Morehouse or Nohouse, we’re still in this bag together. –Fannie Lou Hamer It is a sad day for those who fight unwavering to seek justice in education. We have lost an authentic voice in education reform. She was a children and parent’s champion, my inspiration, my role model, and my friend, Ms. Shirley Ford. The truth is, I am full of mixed emotions…

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Why “Now” Matters? Because 63 Years Is Long Enough Our Kids Can’t Wait No More ?>

Why “Now” Matters? Because 63 Years Is Long Enough Our Kids Can’t Wait No More

                                       Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Martin Luther King, Jr. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…Happy New Year! That was the chant across the globe 15 days ago. January first marked the end of the holiday season of good will towards man and the gifts of love that appeared abundant, since November, now seem to be fading fast for children,…

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A Black Moms Perspective: One of the Most Significant Events That Happened in Education in 2017 ?>

A Black Moms Perspective: One of the Most Significant Events That Happened in Education in 2017

     Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin For this mom, being the Founder and a very conscious, unapologetic Black parent leader of an all-volunteer, parent led organization, leaves little time and energy to gather my thoughts to write a timely blog. Yet, I felt I could not go into 2018 without sharing some of my reflections about October 13 -15, 2017, within downtown Philly. Black Male Educators –…

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Lessons This Mom Has Learned About Education: Rhetoric And Ideology Wars Hurts Children And Quality Universal Choice Meets Children Where They Are! ?>

Lessons This Mom Has Learned About Education: Rhetoric And Ideology Wars Hurts Children And Quality Universal Choice Meets Children Where They Are!

“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” Nelson Mandela As a parent, by law, I am forced to send my children to public schools. As a result, it should go without saying in the world of compulsory public education that schools must foster learning in a safe, culturally responsive, and healthy environment for all our children, educators, and support staff. But the sad reality is we do not…

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We Parents Don’t Need Other People’s Permission To Raise Our Children! Diverse Choices in Education are a Must. ?>

We Parents Don’t Need Other People’s Permission To Raise Our Children! Diverse Choices in Education are a Must.

“As parents, taking responsibility for our children’s academic and life success is something we must do, not something that is done for us-but with us.” Gwen Samuel, Founder Connecticut Parents Union  The Struggle is still so real – sigh… The stereotypes and prejudgments about Black, brown and poor parents have become so normalized in most decision making circles, that if we, as parents of color, do not vote as a collective and take back the narrative being perpetuated about us…

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For Parents of Color and the Poor-Demanding Parent Choice Is Not That Simple-We Need A Plan Because Hope Is Not A Strategy ?>

For Parents of Color and the Poor-Demanding Parent Choice Is Not That Simple-We Need A Plan Because Hope Is Not A Strategy

Our children pay a heavy price when we lack consciousness…we bequeath to them our own unresolved needs, unmet expectations, and frustrated dreams. Despite our best intentions, we enslave them to the emotional inheritance we received from our parents, binding them to the debilitating legacy of ancestors past. The nature of unconsciousness is such that, until it’s metabolized, it will seep through generation after generation. Only through awareness can the cycle of pain that swirls in families end. ” ― Shefali…

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