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Posted Feb. 24, 2017
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#MyBlackHistory Is Making Sure Parents Like My Mom—An Immigrant Housekeeper—Have Ways to Be Involved in Their Child’s Education

My mother immigrated to America from Haiti in 1971 at the age of 20. “Ingrid,” she would say, “make sure you do what the teacher says, without school your life will be hard like mine.”…

By Ingrid Lafalaise

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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. 17, 2017
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Historically Black Colleges and Universities Are Essential to #MyBlackHistory

They represent our history of resilience. Our thirst for knowledge. Our ability to create brilliance, despite intentional acts to restrict Black minds.…

By Shamar Knight-Justice

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Posted Feb. 15, 2017
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The Greatest Teaching Tool a School Can Have? Love.

Somewhere along the way, public schools stopped investing in the souls of children.…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Feb. 13, 2017
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To the 121 Transformative Young Black Leaders Out There, Let’s Start a Revolution in Education

Last year, the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) launched a Social Innovation Challenge dangling the prospect of receiving a $500K investment to further the…

By Christopher Butler

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Posted Feb. 13, 2017
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#MyBlackHistory: The Teachers Who Worked to Get Me to College and the Strangers Who Helped Me Finish

There were a couple of teachers who looked beyond my aimlessness and lack of motivation, and instead saw a sliver of potential.…

By Vesia Wilson-Hawkins

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Posted Feb. 9, 2017
20 Dec 1969, San Francisco, California, USA --- A teacher leads his students with the black power salute and slogans at a Black Panther liberation school. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

#MyBlackHistory: What Do Black Panthers Have to Do With a Charter School Principal? Let Me Tell You

Education was fundamental to the Black Panther Party, and it remains true for social justice activists today.…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Feb. 9, 2017
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#MyBlackHistory: Black Families Like Mine Are Fed Up With the Public School System and Choosing Home Schooling

Inner-city Black families are the largest growing population of home-schoolers in America. …

By Christopher Butler

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Posted Feb. 6, 2017
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After My Mom Died, I Thought I Would Never Work Through My Depression and Do Well in School

When I first heard the soul crushing news that my mother passed away, my entire body went into a state of numbness. It was 2012,…

By Zachary Dorcinville

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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 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
syncere-engineering

#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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