We finally got to sit down with David Johns and Dr. John King at The Inaugural National Black Male Educators Convening in Philly last month, hosted by The Fellowship: Black Male Educators for Social Justice.
Last episode we chatted with Sharif El-Mekki and Vincent Cobb II, co-organizers of the Convening, which you can listen to here.
First, we speak with David Johns, executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition and a PhD student at Columbia University. We discuss how to give students more of a voice in schools and conferences like this one, and somehow we end up talking about media portrayals of Black families—think Black-ish, Cosby Show and obviously T.I. & Tiny.
Next, we talk to Dr. King Jr., the president and CEO of The Education Trust, and formerly the secretary of education under President Obama from 2016 to 2017. He shares his personal story towards becoming an educator, and answers the question we all want to know: How do you get White people to care about teachers of color.
- Ikhlas and Lane talk about their experience at the Black Male Educators Convening [1:03]
- David Johns joins us on the podcast and talks about what brought him to this conference [3:51]
- The role of students’ voices and how to be more inclusive of their opinion [7:03]
- How we should ask students how their teachers and schools are doing [10:05]
- What David Johns does for self-care and why he does it [13:16]
- How TV shows have portrayed Black families throughout the years [16:44]
- Dr. King Jr. joins us on the episode and talks about what inspired him to become an educator [22:04]
- How to get more Black men in the classroom [24:39]
- How to get White people to care about getting more educators of color in the classroom [29:19]
- Why it’s good for all students to have experiences with Black educators [34:26]
- How to think about the role of the federal government in education during this current administration [36:14]
- Ikhlas’ and Lane’s favorite things at the conference [43:28]
- National Black Justice Coalition
- The Education Trust
- A Seat at the Table
- Off The Record with Valeisha
- On One with Angela Rye
- The Cosby Show
- T.I. & Tiny