Tag: Civil Rights

The Need for the Dream: 50 Years Later

Education is key to fulfilling Dr. King’s dream! Van Roekel   50 years after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and there is still a need for us to fulfill his Dream in schools and communities across the Nation. Dr. King spoke of the importance education in the advanced of not only colored people, but all people. However,…

American Promise: Race and Education

American Promise , the documentary/film which focuses in on the journey of two Black males from middle class families attending private schools, was released in 2014. It highlights their struggles and successes. I feel that the film is informative yet challenging. It challenges us to see the importance of removing the stereotypes of Black males.  The young boys portrayed in a stereotypical…

The Debate Continues: The Ongoing Feud Between the Public Schools

We can support school choice and advocate for the equality and improvement of all schools! – Charter School Parent/Public School Alumni  As legislators are looking at House Bills that will impact education in Georgia, there are many advocacy campaigns that are using negative language and messaging against traditional public schools in the name of school choice. It’s always a small group of people…

Alisha Thomas Morgan on Running for Office at 22, the NAACP and Sundays With the Real Housewives

At 23 years old Alisha Thomas Morgan became the first African-American to represent Cobb County in the Georgia House of Representatives. During her 12 years of service,  as a legislator and mom, Morgan championed the expansion of school choice options for Georgia parents. In 2015, Morgan became executive director/superintendent of Ivy Preparatory Academies, an all-girls charter network servicing metro Atlanta…

Arne Duncan to Trump and DeVos: We Cannot Stop Protecting Our Most Vulnerable Students

In AJC’s Get Schooled blog hosted by Maureen Downey, former Education Secretary Arne Duncan pushes back on the Trump’s administration call to leave enforcement of federal civil rights laws to states. Duncan notes that while Trump has claimed education to be “the civil rights issue of our time,” leaving it up to states to protect civil rights will not hold…