Black panther did more than just inspire Black boys to become great heroes.
It inspired them to create!
However, there are so many Black parents struggling to find schools that provide their sons this space.
School Choice Gives Black Boys A Space to Create!
Miles Mallory is the son of two educators and school choice leaders, Rodney and Katrina Mallory
His parents were able to provide their son with the type of education he needs.
He attends DeKalb School of the Arts, a Magnet School in DeKalb County, Georgia.
As a ninth grade student, he is a Visual Arts major and Instrumental Music minor.
School Choice provides Black boys with opportunities to excel!
Miles plays the trumpet, loves to create short animated films, characters, compose music, and dance.
He is involved in several clubs and organizations including National Art Honor Society and Student Government Vice President.
Being in a school of choice provides him a space to excel in his gifts and talents.
His love for art has earned him several awards through the years that include:
- National PTA Reflections Film and Dance Choreography
- First Place Winner at the local school and DeKalb County School District level
- First place winner for DeKalb County Region 3 Art Star Award
- 4H State Finalist in the Technology Fair
- First place for presentation in the Metro-Atlanta Robotics Competition.
This is why we advocate for school choice!
Too often we hear how schools are failing Black boys but that simply isn’t true.
I’m encouraging more parents of Black boys to explore their options through school choice.
Miles aspires to be a character designer for Disney Animation Studios. He would like to attend college at Savannah College of Art and Design.
Jason has worked in education for over 15 years as a teacher, blogger and community advocate. He speaks and writes primarily about the need to improve education for Black boys, particularly increasing the number of Black male educators in schools. In addition to blogging here at EdLanta, Jason is also a featured writer at Education Post.