Creating a New Narrative in Baltimore Schools: Freddie Gray to Black Panther

One afternoon during our social studies block, I did a lesson on race using the characters of “Sesame Street.” I asked my 6- and 7- year-old students: What race would Big Bird, Oscar, Elmo and Cookie Monster be if they were people and why? Using tally marks, my students decided that Big Bird and Elmo … More Creating a New Narrative in Baltimore Schools: Freddie Gray to Black Panther

The America We Know

“Not the America I know.” Because the America you know was founded on the basis of “religious” freedom? Because the America that you know is the land of the free and the home of the brave? Because you read somewhere, “Give me your tired, your poor…”? “Nations are not communities and never have been. The … More The America We Know

2017

Below is a skit written by 11th grader, Curtis Paige. He channels the concerns many people had coming into 2017 with the political climate that we had and are still dealing with. Check out the work of this young playwright. Curtis: Today is January. Feels like the month of sorrow Because I feel like these … More 2017

Paranoid Summer Review

This young woman’s words from two summers ago are sounding mighty relevant. Check out Imani’s Spoken Word performance from the 2015 19th Annual Youth Speaks Grand Slam Finals.   Be safe out there, and be encouraged by the eloquence and honesty of our little ones!  

Kids, Teargas & Their Combined Legacy

Name a scenario in which kids and teargas might be an appropriate combination. Try harder. I’ll wait. Ok, cool. Glad we’re on the same page. On June 16, 1976, police officers in Johannesburg felt as though they had found the appropriate situation for this combination, thus sparking the Soweto Uprising. Thousands of students were peacefully … More Kids, Teargas & Their Combined Legacy

Hungry… for Knowledge

*Insert statistic about starving African babies. *Insert image of starving, naked African kids. *Insert reality check that my students, whether they own one or five uniforms, come to school everyday looking sharper than a razor blade, electricity or not. But really, my kids are starving. They’re not starving for whatever you have to offer on … More Hungry… for Knowledge

Say Their Names OUTLOUD: Media Silence on Police Brutality 2017

Last summer it felt as though every week the media was covering another story about an unarmed black person being killed by the police. Many of us wondered why the media was paying so much attention to this historic issue now, but found some sense of solace in seeing these tragedies get the coverage they … More Say Their Names OUTLOUD: Media Silence on Police Brutality 2017

Write to Live

“They tried to kill us, they didn’t know we were seeds.” Then they figured that out and kept trying anyway ie: the public education system ie: flint ie: unwarranted traffic stops ie: acquitted cops Seed: a unit of reproduction Reproduction: a cycle of re-creation   Creation: the act or process of bringing something into existence … More Write to Live