“One of the things we really strive to do is have instructors that look like our children. We feel that it is very important in building the bonding relationships that will last a life time. We have quite a few male teachers and a lot of them are ministers and they a huge impact on the young men as well as the young women.” – Ms. Cherly Henderson is a History Teacher at Langston Huges Academy.
Today in schools across the country, public and private, black males as commodities – the stereotypical PE teacher or athletic coach and the black pupil as the basketball or footballer – is the new norm. The epoch of this commodification draws its roots from slavery. Commoditizing black males as simple-minded we reinforce through popular culture. It’s in our movies, TV shows, and now it’s in our schools.
By Nehemiah D. Frank The majority of African-American students attending Carver Middle School view Booker T. Washington High School, a nationally ranked magnet school, as the only pathway to success. Usually, a […]
Last night, in partnership with Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE) and Kara Kelty, we had a small gathering of Teach For America (TFA) corps members and alumni in our home to discuss the state of education in OK and how we might best advocate on behalf of all our children. We had two elected leaders in the house – our city councilor, Vanessa Hall Harper, and School Board member and TFA alum, Amy Shelton.
Recently, political science professor J. Martin Rochester penned a critical response to a front-page story in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch entitled “St. Louis Teachers Turn Their Classrooms Into Hubs of Social Justice.” Unfortunately, his response reveals that he may have forgotten to actually read past the headline of the article.
Meet Dr. Shavonda LaKay Pannell. She’s north Tulsa’s number one Chiropractor. Not only does she snap, crackle, and pop her clients back into formation, her dance team, the Prancing Pearls of Excellence, are a reflection of Dr. Pannell’s talent and dedication to seeing her community glitter and shine. Checkout our interview with Dr. Pannell on her amazingly talented dance team.