I think we would all do well on Teacher Appreciation Day, to listen to this amazing talk by distinguished education researcher, Vanessa Siddle-Walker on the little known role of Black teachers across the South in the civil rights movement, specifically how they provided the groundwork for Brown v. Board of Education.[Note: When you click the link, you will have to do a free registration to play the video].
Her documenting of our predecessors' heroic advocacy on behalf of their students is particularly ironic when we learn (as I wrote about in American Public School Teacher), how many of these teachers suffered professional and personal retaliation for that work in the aftermath of the Brown decision.
The lessons from that period are worthy of our attention today, as they are pertinent in the current struggles over education and social reform.
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