Recognizing the Resilience in My Students: Understanding the Social Context of Urban Schools

But then, as the test time continued, police sirens wailed as a ghetto bird (helicopter) began circling above the area. And it hit me. Not that I did not know, but it was a reminder. The constant stress and trauma these students deal with, this girl included, makes it hard to come to school, and even harder to focus when they decide to show up. And sadly, the students have become numb; they didn’t even look up with curiosity about the noises they were hearing. Like the usual sounds of a small dog barking in the suburbs of our nation’s cities, there was no strangeness in the sounds they heard. No alarm to the situation. Just another every day sound in their everyday lives. … More Recognizing the Resilience in My Students: Understanding the Social Context of Urban Schools

“F*CK ALL WHITE PEOPLE!”: The Misunderstood Words of a Color-Conscious Mind When Excluding White people from Conversations about Race

As a young Black man in America with a Bachelor’s degree in Africana Studies, I have experienced, researched, and studied certain topics of racial disparities in our country. It is without question (for most) that inequalities certainly exist in this country between races, socially, economically, politically, and in the education and prison systems. The reasons … More “F*CK ALL WHITE PEOPLE!”: The Misunderstood Words of a Color-Conscious Mind When Excluding White people from Conversations about Race

Black Boys in Peril: A Literary Review of Authors Analyzing Issues For Young Black Males in K-8 Education

Introduction In Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, King used an evocative rhetoric and extensive vocabulary to exclaim a message of equality and freedom.  Quoting the declaration of Independence, he spoke of his hope that America would develop into a nation, working on grounds that “all men are created equal”.  … More Black Boys in Peril: A Literary Review of Authors Analyzing Issues For Young Black Males in K-8 Education