Tanesha Peeples

Staff

Chicago, Illinois

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

As the former 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 Sep. 24, 2021

Here’s Why Black People Being Whipped at the Border Is Like the Public Education System

Look at this picture of a white man on a horse appearing to whip a Black man.  And no, this…

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Posted Sep. 17, 2021

My Toxic but Open Relationship With Education Activism

Transparent moment. There have been at least 50 separate occasions throughout my adult life where I’ve contemplated leaving this rollercoaster…

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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…

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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…

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Posted Jan. 13, 2022

Chicago Isn’t the Only City Putting Politics Over Kids

The politics of education are broken and we are seeing the effects of it play out in real-time.  In Chicago, a stalemate over remote learning…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Jan. 10, 2022

America Is Losing Sight Of Teachers’ Humanity

Do you remember when teachers were heroes? It was a pretty great week. I got a couple of Amazon gift cards from my students and…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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Posted Jan. 13, 2022

Explained: How to Run for Your Local School Board

School boards (in some states “school committees”) sit at the intersection of civic engagement, local politics, and community service. The school board is a team…

By Brianna Crowley

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