Tag: Students of Color

Derrien Dennis is Making School a Safe Place for Black Boys

Most K-12 Black male educators are in administration or secondary education. However, there are growing numbers of Black men who are working in elementary schools. Black boys need to see positive reflections of Black men in classrooms during their early development. A fellow Black male teacher in Georgia, Derrien Dennis, is seeking additional funding to make his classroom a safe…

Black Boys Should Be In Playgrounds Not Jail Cells

Black boys deserve playgrounds not jail cells! So where do we go wrong when  playgrounds turn into jail cells? It begins as early as third grade when the school-to-prison pipeline begins for many boys of color. Third grade is the next biggest milestone after Kindergarten. It’s during this time in a child and family’s life that they learn about the…

American Promise Opens Our Eyes to the Struggles of Black Boys

Are Black boys victims of the American promise ? Perhaps, which is why I’m advocating for middle and high schools to show American Promise this month. American Promise opens our eyes to the struggles of Black Boys The documentary highlights their struggles and successes. It challenges us to see the importance of removing the stereotypes of Black males.   The stereotypical and…

“We are not a Marginalized Group in America,” An Open Letter from Black Boys

Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to open the doors of opportunity to all of God’s children. – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  We are not a marginalized group in America. We will no longer be marginalized in our schools or society. Marginalized means to relegate to an unimportant or powerless position…

Guns in Schools = War on Children

“Finding funds to arm teachers with guns but not resources to help prepare them to build tomorrow’s leaders is ridiculous.”  Last week we heard from the voice of fifth-grade student Ashawnti Jackson from Thomasville Heights Elementary School in Atlanta, Georgia. Ms. Latisha Blackburn, M.B.A., Communications Teacher at Thomasville Heights Elementary School share her view on guns in schools and arming…