Ameer Baraka

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Actor, Author and Dyslexia Advocate

New Orleans, Louisiana

Ameer Baraka is an actor, author and tireless dyslexia advocate. He is co-founder of the Dyslexia Awareness Foundation, launched Dyslexia Diagnosis Day in 2017 and continues to advocate for better screening to help dyslexic children and, in partnership with Dr. David Hurford and Pittsburg State University, is reaching out to state corrections systems to offer dyslexia screening for inmates. He earned a 2019 Daytime Emmy nomination for his role as a detective in the Amazon Prime/UMC police drama, “Bronx SIU.”

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Posted Oct. 15, 2019

Black Boys With Dyslexia Need Love and Learning, Not Shame and Prison

As a young boy, I wasn’t a bad person. I feared going into the classroom because I couldn’t read. Had…

By Ameer Baraka

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Posted Feb. 26, 2021

February Is Black History Month. Periodt.

I swear I wasn’t trying to end Black History Month with white people and skinfolk that ain’t kinfolk foolery but … Yesterday my homie, Dr.…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Feb. 26, 2021

Want a National Effort to Combat COVID Learning Loss? Study Your Black History.

We know all too well Black and brown students in marginalized communities are now bearing the brunt of the pandemic’s effect on schools—with inadequate technology,…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Feb. 24, 2021

Meet Newark’s Own Amanda Gorman, Seventh Grade Poet Makayla Brown

A month ago, as Amanda Gorman shared her beautiful prose during President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ inauguration, students at KIPP Rise Academy in Newark had…

By Laura Waters

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