Pictured: Howard University Middle School protest (Kofo Lasaki)
We were joined by three educators making their first public statements since resigning under pressure from administrators at the Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science. Dajae Gilliard, Falani Africa and T’Shango Mbilishaka spent the hour with us sharing their views on what occurred and the broader context of Black education.
WTF?!?! This is a school located on an HBCU!!!!! We must TEACH our kids OUR history! I have a vision of creating an online supplemental camp with an Afro-centric focus to expand on the ideas presented during Kwanzaa as well as during February (Black History Month). This camp would, by teaching about the academic accomplishments of African-Americans through reading Afro-centric history, cultural work and literature, reduce the reading achievement gap, as well as build a sense of pride in students to work and achieve.
Check out the sites, join the groups on Facebook and Linkedin to participate.
Damn! Thank you. As an educator, your discussion with these three visionary, passionate teachers truly inspired me. I am so glad I am not alone. I have also been incredibly disappointed by schools with no visions. I am so grateful to have heard their stories.