We are launching a national movement to build awareness and apply pressure on federal, state and local lawmakers and school boards to make change.
To make this happen we are creating a Black educational justice and equity ecosystem, activating a coalition of stakeholders in the Black community including: Black scholars, educators, researchers, HBCU’s, Black studies programs, history organizations, activist organizations, civic organizations, professional organizations, parent, homeschool and student organizations.
We are also reaching out to allies.
Through our Tell The Truth Teach The Truth initiative, we demand educational justice for all Black students.
Educational justice looks like:
- Educational redress through federal mandate and funding to teach the truth about Black history to all PreK-12 students, in all schools, year round
- Black education and history experts developing new national Black history standards, curriculum and educational materials
- Black educators and history experts being hired to teach Black history
Further, we demand educational empowerment for the Black community, through agency over public schools with majority Black student enrollment.
Black community empowerment and agency looks like:
- Funding levels that achieve resource equity and meet the total needs of Black students and the Black community
- Culturally relevant, liberatory, anti-racist standards, curriculum and teaching materials, developed by Black experts, that integrate Black history, and intentionally center Black students’ educational, social and emotional needs
- Culturally enriching classroom instruction by Black teachers that builds knowledge across a range of subjects, with an imperative to improve literacy
- Using Black history as a gateway to knowledge building, which will provide positive role models, build self-confidence and positive self identity
- Replacing racist standardized tests with culturally relevant assessments
- Ending racist discriminatory disciplinary practices and school policing
- Re-deploying testing and policing resources in arts, music, sports and other culturally and educationally relevant extra curricular activities that enhance the educational experience
- Hiring Black Superintendents, Principals, Teachers, Counselors, Nurses, Tutors and other necessary personnel to run and support community based schools, and adequately compensating them so that Black students get the champions and guardians they deserve
- School board membership that looks like the student population and community it serves
Through our efforts, we will assure that all Black children know who they are, where they came from, and what their ancestors have contributed to this country.