Anjanique Barber

Guest Blogger

Student, Amherst College

Oak Park, Illinois

Anjanique Barber is a sophomore at Amherst College, where she is studying pre-law and French, rows for the women’s crew team and works as a student tour guide. She is a graduate of Oak Park River Forest High School.

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Posted Feb. 21, 2017

#MyBlackHistory: When You’re the Only Black Kid in a Sea of White Classes

Schools are systematically designed to fail minority students. The system tells Black students, in overt and subtle ways, they will never be as smart or educated as their White classmates.…

By Anjanique Barber

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Posted Aug. 26, 2016

96 Years Ago I Would Not Have Been Allowed to Vote—Not Because of My Race or Age, But Because I am a Woman

I remember the sense of envy that hit me four years ago when my AP Government teacher asked: “So, who…

By Anjanique Barber

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Posted May 18, 2015

My College Top Five

All the things that we spent so much time stressing about since ninth grade don’t seem so important right now.…

By Anjanique Barber

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Posted Mar. 26, 2015

Oak Park Student: Why Black Students Need a Safe Space to Talk About Racism

Many of our Belief Gap pieces have dealt with the gap between adult and student expectations. This piece comes from…

By Anjanique Barber

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Posted May 17, 2017

You May Have Seen ‘Hamilton,’ But Not Like This

It was a cool Chicago evening in late April. I walked down the bleacher steps of the spacious new Back of the Yards College Preparatory…

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Posted May 23, 2017

Here’s What I Learned When I Sat Down for All the Standardized Tests My Students Take

Many people—not just students—cringe when they hear the word test because it triggers fear in some and anger in others. Educators know that tests are…

By Anthony Grisillo

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Posted May 23, 2017

Here’s Some Suggested Reading for Our Trash-Talking Secretary of Education

You hear a lot these days—especially in the Trump era—about how broken, antiquated and just generally messed up public education is in our country. Just…

By Michael Vaughn

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