#MyEducationStory

#MyEducationStory is a social media campaign gathering the education stories of folks from diverse backgrounds. No matter where you are or how you got there, your school choices help tell the story of who you are.

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. 3, 2017

VIDEO: Why I Drive More Than an Hour a Day in L.A. Traffic to Get My Kid a Great Education

Meet Alma Marquez. The California native has over 25 years of experience working with parents in the Latino community to find and fight for great…

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 June 7, 2017

I Was a Black Male Born Into Poverty, So I Wrote This Book to Help Others Like Me

As a Black male born into poverty and raised by a single father who was a high school dropout, I used to believe that my…

By Roosevelt Mitchell III

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Posted Mar. 21, 2017

I Was Homeless and In and Out of School. Then I Got Into Ms. Russell’s Car.

I wasn’t supposed to be where I am today. People repeatedly told me, “You ain’t nothin’. You ain’t neva gon be nothin’.” I saw my…

By Yolanda R. Whitted

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Posted Feb. 28, 2017

#MyBlackHistory Call to Action: Give All Kids Access to Opportunities and Believe in Their Big Dreams

It never occurred to me that I couldn’t be anything I wanted to be. As I child, I dreamed of being Diana Ross, a doctor, an engineer, a business owner and a host of other things.…

By LeeAndra Khan

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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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