Anjanique Barber

Guest Blogger

Student, Amherst College

Oak Park, Illinois

Anjanique Barber is a sophomore at Amherst College, where she is studying pre-law and French, rows for the women’s crew team and works as a student tour guide. She is a graduate of Oak Park River Forest High School.

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Posted Feb. 21, 2017

#MyBlackHistory: When You’re the Only Black Kid in a Sea of White Classes

Schools are systematically designed to fail minority students. The system tells Black students, in overt and subtle ways, they will never be as smart or educated as their White classmates.…

By Anjanique Barber

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Posted Aug. 26, 2016

96 Years Ago I Would Not Have Been Allowed to Vote—Not Because of My Race or Age, But Because I am a Woman

I remember the sense of envy that hit me four years ago when my AP Government teacher asked: “So, who…

By Anjanique Barber

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Posted May 18, 2015

My College Top Five

All the things that we spent so much time stressing about since ninth grade don’t seem so important right now.…

By Anjanique Barber

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Posted Mar. 26, 2015

Oak Park Student: Why Black Students Need a Safe Space to Talk About Racism

Many of our Belief Gap pieces have dealt with the gap between adult and student expectations. This piece comes from…

By Anjanique Barber

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Posted Dec. 7, 2018

Black Kids Don’t Need a Handout or a Shortcut, They Just Need Schools That Work

Outrage: Black Kids Are Dumb, Poor and Incapable of Success Do y’all remember the line from “The Color Purple,” “I’m poor, I’m Black…I may even…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Dec. 6, 2018

Why We Need to Stop Thinking About Students in Terms of Strengths and Weaknesses

My son is a freshman in high school and this felt like my first report card pick up all over again. While I have access…

By LeeAndra Khan

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Posted Dec. 7, 2018

D.C.’s School Report Cards Set a New Standard for Community Engagement

As parents dropping our children off at school, many of us may wonder, will they have a good day? Will they do their best? Will…

By Mike Magee

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