John B.

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Graduate

Chicago, Illinois

John B., 17, grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and recently graduated from high school. He is active in his School of Rock performance band and is part of a punk band called No Pulp. He plans to major in creative writing and hopes to attend Columbia College in Chicago.

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Posted June 24, 2015

My Journey to Acceptance: A Transgender Teen Reflects on His Schooling

I always knew it, even though I didn’t have a name for it for a long time. “I a boy!”…

By John B.

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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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