Tanikia Carpenter

Posted Feb. 23, 2016

We Must Teach Our Black Children Their History

I asked them who was the first black president. They eagerly and confidently responded, “Dr. King!” I was extremely shocked and caught off guard by their answer, for multiple reasons. At the moment I was leading a discussion at a primarily African-American after-school program, on the South Side of Chicago. But it wasn’t just the South Side of Chicago—we were in Altgeld Gardens. Affectionately known as “The Gardens,” this is…

By Tanikia Carpenter

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Posted Feb. 11, 2016

The One Thing Beyonce Forgot to Address in ‘Formation’

Beyonce’s new video “Formation” is a loud celebration of Black culture, while artistically addressing racial injustices that continue to plague the Black community: Hurricane Katrina: “What…

By Tanikia Carpenter

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Posted May 27, 2020

George Floyd’s Death Was Murder, Plain and Simple

As part of my job as an educator, I have, at times, had to restrain teenagers. I was trained to do so. It is my…

By Derek Davidson

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Posted May 28, 2020

Without Internet Access, Our Most Vulnerable Children Are Locked Outside the Digital Schoolhouse Door

Philadelphia’s problem is America’s problem. If you want to go to school, see a doctor, apply for a job, enroll in training or receive government…

By Dirk Tillotson

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Posted May 27, 2020

COVID-19’s Impact on First-Generation College Students Is Complicated

As a nonprofit leader and educator who works with college students of African descent, I am intimately aware of how challenging getting through college can…

By Esi Kagale Agyeman Gillo

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