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 May 22, 2020

With a Little Radical Imagination, We Can Prepare Our Students to Become Leaders

Early in the school year, after our daily Pledge of Allegiance, my fifth grader, Cassandra, asked, “Why are people mad when Colin Kaepernick kneels during…

By Joan Hurley

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Posted May 22, 2020

For My Family, Seeing Their First-Gen Latina Daughter Walk Across the Stage Would Have Been Everything

If I were a magician for a day, I would strike my wand and eliminate the memory of the coronavirus as well as its impact.…

By Karen Balbuena

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Posted May 22, 2020

Reopening Schools While Coronavirus Is Still on the Loose Is Ass-Backward

I swear this country is ass-backward. In last week’s Senate hearing, Dr. Anthony Fauci—the nation’s leading expert on the coronavirus pandemic—said outright, “… states will…

By Tanesha Peeples

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