Zakiya Sankara-Jabar

Posted Mar. 31, 2021

See Who Made Brightbeam’s 2021 List of Rising Women

For Women’s History Month, we asked readers on social media to nominate the women who are changing education for the better. It was hard to…

By Rob Samuelson

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Posted Feb. 4, 2021

Schools Haven’t Figured It Out, So Give Money to the Parents. We Need It.

Whether you support your state’s reopening plans or not, the reality is families locked out of learning for nearly a year are getting fed up.…

By Zakiya Sankara-Jabar

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Posted Oct. 30, 2020

With Remote Learning, the Issues Go Deeper Than Lack of Internet

Right now—literally, as I’m sitting here typing—I’m watching my friend toggle between distance learning with her son and responding to work emails. It’s the most…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Oct. 23, 2020

Vote Local Day 4: Can You Trust Parties and Politicians? (ft. Zakiya Sankara-Jabar)

In a politically polarized nation, public trust in government is on the decline. How do we know if we can trust parties and politicians? How…

By Rob Samuelson

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Posted Sep. 18, 2020

Black Excellence Does Exist and It Lives in Our Kids

I’m guilty of saying Black boys and girls are failing in school—a good chunk of us are. Going forward, I’m committing to correcting that language…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted July 7, 2020

Schools Are Essential, So Let’s Reopen the Right Way This Fall

This afternoon, President Donald Trump said, “We want to get our schools open. We want to get them open, quickly, beautifully in the fall.” I…

By Zakiya Sankara-Jabar

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Posted July 6, 2020

Q&A: 12-Year-Old Amir Lumumba on Why Schools Need More Counselors and Fewer Cops

On Thursday, July 9 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. ET, brightbeam’s Director of Activism, Zakiya Sankara-Jabar will moderate a virtual town hall called #ReimagingingSchoolSafety. Special guests include:…

By Laura Waters

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Posted June 8, 2020

Q&A: Zakiya Sankara-Jabar on Why Now Is the Perfect Time for #SeekingChildJustice

“I want to protect my children from the system that destroyed my parents.” That’s Zakiya Sankara-Jabar, National Director of Activism at brightbeam, my new colleague…

By Laura Waters

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Posted May 5, 2021

EXPLAINED: The Truth About Critical Race Theory and How It Shows Up in Your Child’s Classroom

What is critical race theory? Critical race theory (sometimes abbreviated to CRT) is an intellectual approach to looking at U.S. society with a belief that racism…

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Posted May 5, 2021

No, You Should Not Be Teaching Black Children if You Reject Anti-Racism

There would be no lynching if it did not start in the schoolroom. Dr. Carter G. Woodson The news has been full of parents, school…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted May 4, 2021

Yes, America Is Racist. No, You Shouldn’t Teach My Kids if You Disagree.

Like several people in my private chats, I reacted to the deceptively simple question asked in a new piece by Fordham senior fellow Robert Pondiscio. …

By Chris Stewart

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