Whenever Georgia Reopens, Let’s Not Go Back to Normal

ATLANTA  – There’s a debate raging in states across the country about how quickly we can return to normal.  My take: let’s not. Not in May, not in June, not ever. Let’s not go back to normal. Here in Georgia, normal is what led to COVID-19 disproportionately impacting Black residents, who make up 32 percent…

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The American People Have this Lesson to Learn

“The American people have this lesson to learn: That where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob, and degrade them, neither persons or property will be safe.” – Frederick Douglass “Southern Barbarism” speech on…

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Thank You, Teachers

With parents and guardians doing their best to homeschool their students and support their families during this pandemic, it’s clearer now more than ever just how valuable teachers are to our young people’s success. So many teachers are going above and beyond right now — as they tend to do — to meet their students’…

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Brown v. Board — A Dream Denied?

Brown v. Board–A Dream Denied? “A dream deferred is a dream denied.” Langston Hughes Last month marked 65 years since the Supreme Court issued its opinion in the landmark case Brown v. Board of Education (Brown v. Board) which declared that segregation of students in public schools on the basis of race was denying children…

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A Growing Voice for Change

A Growing Voice for Change As schools prepare for their annual Georgia Milestones assessments, marking the end of another school year, I cannot forget the many stories that I have heard at the past several Atlanta Public Schools board meetings. There was the parent who began by speaking in Spanish to the predominantly English-speaking Board…

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