ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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ShaRhonda Knott Dawson currently resides in the west suburbs of Chicago with her two girls, ages 8 and 4, and her husband, Brian. She received her masters degree from The University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration, with an emphasis on management and public policy. ShaRhonda also has over 15 years experience in nonprofit program management. She also has worked over 20 years as a political organizer, focusing on engaging youth, and people of color.

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Posted Feb. 6, 2017
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#MyBlackHistory Does Not Begin With Slavery. It Starts in Africa.

The narrative of Black people, as taught by most American schools, begins with slavery. But that’s not where our story begins; our story begins in Africa.…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Oct. 26, 2016
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This Election May Be R-Rated, But Our Kids Need to See It

“Democracy needs to be re-born in each generation and education is its mid-wife.” —John Dewey   If this election were…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Sep. 20, 2016
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I Just Couldn’t Trust a Diverse Suburb With My Black Daughter’s Education

People loosely use the term “good schools and diversity” without looking into it or researching what that means. When you…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Aug. 10, 2016
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Parents Shouldn’t Need a Lawyer to Get Special Education Support for Their Child

Back to school time is approaching, and with that comes all the “to-do’s” and “suggestions for parents” that make huge…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Feb. 22, 2017
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#MyBlackHistory: My Mom Had to Lie to Get Me Into a Good School. No Parent Should Have to Do That.

In a nation as wealthy as America, no parent should have to lie about their address to get their child into a high-quality school. Sadly, I have heard this same tale from many, many other Black families.…

By Nate Bowling

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Posted Feb. 21, 2017
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#MyBlackHistory: Here’s Why I Became an Engineer and How I’m Helping Kids Do It Too

When I was just 9 or 10 years old, I found out that I had a true love and passion for science. Now I want to see that other kids get that chance.…

By Jason Coleman

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Posted Feb. 21, 2017
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#MyBlackHistory: Why I’m Celebrating Every Black Genius From City Blocks to the White House

We will never meet a Black child who is not a genius and there is no secret to how we support them: We first treat them as human and then we then support them with love. …

By David J. Johns

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