History

Black History Must Include the Heroic Black Soldiers of WW II

“Pop-Pop, did Black soldiers like you actually fight in World War II?” My grandfather, a WWII U.S Army combat veteran, lifted his shirt to reveal the scar left by the shrapnel that destroyed one of...

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History

This Year I Celebrate Uncomfortable History Month

Mary Turner was 21 years old and 8 months pregnant on May 18, 1918 when a white mob seized her, bound her feet, hanged her from a tree upside down, burned her clothes off her body, and cut her...

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brightbeam

We'll Never Agree on CRT, but We Can All Agree We Want to Produce Students Who Do Good

Our world has been forever changed as a result of the pandemic as well as the racial unrest of 2020. We learned new ways of being — how to be alone, how to distance, how to properly wash our hands,...

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CRT

Three (Ignorant) Arguments Used to Ban Critical Race Theory

To understand the legislative attacks on Critical Race Theory (CRT) that aim to make teaching CRT in schools—including concepts like white supremacy, systemic racism, and the like—illegal, don’t get...

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CRT

We Will Not Shy Away From Teaching Our History

During their senior year, all scholars at all of Democracy Prep’s schools take a rigorous year-long course called Sociology of Change. For the first half of the year, our scholars study...

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educational justice

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 basement conversation, expeditiously! I’m not liking what I’m seeing on social media, y’all. To be...

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