As you know, February is Black History Month and we are celebrating the history and legacy of Black activists and our icons from the past, while lifting up voices from our community today. This month I’m encouraged by educators like Nadine Ebri, of Jacksonville, Florida who’s viral video of her History class singing “Lift Every Voice and Sing” reminded me of how important Black teachers are to our youth.
In our community of Oakland, we celebrate the multitude of Black educators, parents, families, school administrators, and education activists that fight everyday to make Oakland schools better for our children. Here are two of our community members sharing their thoughts on Black History Month.
As we lift up our heroes from the past, let’s not forget the young activists paving the way today. I’m inspired by the words of poet/activist Amanda Gorman, in her Inauguration Day poem “The Hill We Climb“…
“Being American is more than a pride we inherit. It’s the past we step into and how we repair it.”