Tanesha Peeples

Staff

Deputy Director of Outreach, Education Post

Chicago, Illinois

Tanesha Peeples is driven by one question in her work—“If not me, then who?”

As the Deputy Director of Activist Development for brightbeam, Tanesha merges the worlds of communications and grassroots activism to push for change in the public education system. Her passion for community and relentless mission for justice and liberation drive her in uplifting and amplifying the voices and advocacy of those that are often ignored.

Tanesha wholeheartedly believes that education is the foundation for success. Her grand vision is one where everyone—regardless of ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender or ZIP code—can have access to a comfortable quality of life and enjoy the freedoms and liberties promised to all Americans. And that’s what she works towards every day.

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Posted July 15, 2021

Critical Race Theory Bans Are White Supremacy’s Trojan Horse

Y’all, are they still teaching Greek mythology in schools? Interestingly, it used to be one of my favorite subjects in…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted July 7, 2021

Sha’Carri Richardson Was Tossed Out of the Olympics the Same Way Black Kids Are Tossed Out of Public Schools

Sha’Carri Richardson is the newest poster child for the obstacles every Black person in America faces—especially in the public school…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted June 17, 2021

We Celebrate Juneteenth Whether It’s a Federal Holiday or Not, Now Give Us Something Tangible

This making Juneteenth a federal holiday is some gaslighting shit if I’ve ever seen it. And I can feel some…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted June 4, 2021

All This Performative Pettiness in Activism Diminishes Our Collective Power

*In my Principal Joe Clark voice* I need all of the Black education activists to join me in a church…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted May 7, 2021

Since Critical Race Theory Is Being Called ‘Indoctrination,’ Let’s Go There

I wanna have a heart to heart with my Black people real quick. Last week I found out Idaho passed…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Apr. 30, 2021

Politicizing Critical Race Theory Is Meant to Keep Public Education Oppressive, Biased and Basic

Make this make sense for me: Kids are too young to learn critical race theory and their role in dismantling…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Apr. 23, 2021

Accountability for One Killer Cop Won’t Protect Our Kids From the Systemic Harm They Face Daily

Here’s where I am after all of the shit that went down this week … Black people aren’t safe and…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Apr. 2, 2021

Y’all Know These Schools Got Derek Chauvins and Bystander Cops Too Right?

Can we get into this conversation about how school districts, teachers unions and police unions are triplets? Because they all…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Mar. 5, 2021

School Discipline Is the Modern Day Chattel Slavery and Damn Near Everybody Is In On It

Let me drop some numbers on y’all real quick. We know that starting as early as Pre-K, Black students are…

By Tanesha Peeples

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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…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted July 29, 2021

You Can and Must Foster Belonging, Acceptance, and Support for Your LGBTQIA+ Students. It’s a Matter of Life and Death.

Many young people see belonging as a quest to fit in, but it’s so much deeper than that. Belonging means accepting, celebrating, and including our…

By Casey Pettit

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Posted July 26, 2021

At Freedom School Literacy Academy, Black Pride and Academic Achievement Go Hand-in-Hand

Erika Asikoye is the Director of the Freedom School Literacy Academy (FSLA) at The Center for Black Educator Development in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The FSLA, for…

By Laura Waters

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Posted July 27, 2021

15 Questions That Predominantly White Schools Should Ask When Engaging in Non-Performative Anti-Racist Work

Last week, I had a consulting call with a potential client (a white teacher), who teaches in a predominantly white school/neighborhood and wants to engage…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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