Author: Shamar Knight-Justice

Lessons Educators Can Learn from “The War at Morehouse”

Morehouse College has been a bedrock of West Atlanta for the last one hundred years. It is revered for its rigorous academic program, and has served as the inception for numerous Black men that have made countless contributions to our society. Which is why my recent read of Michael Harriot’s “The War at Morehouse” (a MUST read) was both illuminating and disheartening. Even as an HBCU…

“No Demonstrable Evidence” Is A Lie That Will Hurt Our Students

“So, let’s talk about after-school programs generally. They’re supposed to be educational programs, right? And that’s what they’re supposed to do, they’re supposed to help kids who can’t — who don’t get fed at home, get fed so that they do better at school. Guess what? There’s no demonstrable evidence they’re actually doing that. There’s no demonstrable evidence they’re actually…

Chance the Rapper donates one million dollars.

Chance the Rapper donated $1M to Chicago Public Schools. He Loves His City.

Since the dawn of Hip Hop existence, artists have declared their love for their hometowns. It is standard rapper protocol; you put on for your city. Their city represents their identity: the style of their wardrobes, the nuance of their language, the hardships they have endured, the animus of their art. Especially for rappers from Atlanta. Below is an infinitesimal…

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Black Male Educators Need A Space To Feel Vulnerable and Empowered (And Super Black). This Is It.

Less than two percent of our nation’s educators are Black males. That includes teachers and counselors and deans and principals and paraprofessionals and special education interventionists and P.E. teachers and whatever other infinite titles that impact students in school buildings. Two percent. 2 out of 100. Literally millions of Americans have never had a Black male educator. People hear this…

Trump meets with HBCU leaders

Can Alum Be Upset At HBCU Presidents For Visiting Trump, If We Have Not Given Back? I Say, Yes.

Like the majority of HBCU alumni, I too joined the collective side-eye of each and every HBCU president that chose to meet with the Trump Administration as the culminating event of Black History Month. I was embarrassed for us. And I was angry at our leaders. My immediate thoughts were, “Are y’all that out of touch? Y’all don’t see the setup…