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Posted Nov. 2, 2017

VIDEO: She Went From Four Years in Prison to Earning a Four-Year Degree

Meet Lily Gonzalez. At the age of 25, the South Central Los Angeles resident was convicted of a non-violent offense for a crime she committed…

By Mike “Orie” Mosley

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Posted Oct. 25, 2017

VIDEO: My Mom Overcame Her Drug Addiction and Gave Me a Chance at a Real Education

I grew up in a home with my mom and two younger siblings. My mother spent most of my childhood in the throes of drugs…

By Vesia Wilson-Hawkins

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Posted Oct. 20, 2017

VIDEO: This Detroit Teacher Uses Hip-Hop Literacy to Engage His Students and the Community

I began teaching at 22. Back in my hometown of Detroit and fresh out of college, I thought I had all the answers.…

By Quan Neloms

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Posted Oct. 18, 2017

VIDEO: I Fight Against the School-to-Prison Pipeline for My Students and for My Husband

Every day during the week I teach Black and Brown kids at a school in the ’hood. Then every Saturday or Sunday I visit my…

By Vivett Dukes

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Posted Oct. 9, 2017

Video: I Never Had a Black Male Educator, So I Became One

Throughout my entire K-12 educational career, not once did I have a Black male educator. For nearly eight hours a day, and for 12 years,…

By Shamar Knight-Justice

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Posted Oct. 6, 2017

VIDEO: How a Teacher Inspired Her to Come Back and Teach at Her High School

Meet Daniela Felix. She was eight months pregnant when her teacher told her she got a 5 on the AP test. Now she’s a teacher…

By Mike “Orie” Mosley

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Posted Sep. 26, 2017

Black Millennial Creates a Media Platform to Revive the Black Wall Street

It’s been nearly a 100 years since a race riot in 1921 destroyed the Black Wall Street in the Greenwood neighborhood of Tulsa, Okhlahoma. And…

By Mike “Orie” Mosley

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Posted Jan. 13, 2017

For Most People the MLK Holiday Is a Day Off, But for Me It’s a Day On

AmeriCorps member Jarrett Jones will be spending MLK Day giving back to his community. Along with over 1,000 volunteers, Jarret will be a part of…

By Jarrett Jones

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Posted Dec. 15, 2017

When I Set Up My Classroom Now I Only Think About Which Bookshelf Can Stop a Bullet

BY BRETT BIGHAM, 2014 OREGON STATE TEACHER OF THE YEAR: I don’t know a teacher who has not looked at the faces of Sandy Hook and wondered, “What if?”…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted Feb. 14, 2018

Black Panther Proves That Our Kids Need More Black Superheroes, Both on the Screen and in the Classroom

I am looking forward to the premiere of “Black Panther” with the same excitement I bring to planning my birthday month. (Yes, I said month.)…

By Kenya Bradshaw

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Posted Feb. 13, 2018

I Know White Teachers Can Be Biased Against Kids of Color Because I Was

I changed schools in the middle of the first grade because my teacher was a racist. “She told you that you’re smarter than your classmate…

By Sydney Chaffee

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