Tag: #MyBlackHistory

Diary of An Angry Black Mom in Education

Being a mother angry about education is one thing but to be a black mother angry about education can sometimes get you labeled. How do I write about good things when the moment you do, another heavy issue arises that negatively impacts our children? When you write about advocating for black children, you’re deemed too militant. When you advocate for…

Black History Facts About Detroit Schools Educating Black Children

Detroit Black History: In 1842, the Detroit Board of Education which establishes Detroit Public Schools is founded. They do not allow Black children to attend any of the schools they establish. This will be the policy for 20 years. When they finally open a school for Black students in 1863, it is a “Colored School,” and it is inferior in…

My First Teacher Is #MyBlackHistory Hero: My Moms

When I think about Black History, I think about the history of my family. My mother, Mattalyn Love Jones, fondly referred to as “Moms,” is one of the strongest women I have ever met. At 68, she’s going strong. She raised two hard-headed boys to be two productive men, both graduates of Detroit Public Schools. Like her mother, she believed…

#MyBlackHistory: Veunita’s Coats of Many Colors: Remembering the Detroit Teacher Who Changed My Mother’s Life

1965. It was a rough year for one young lady. Her mom had passed away two years before. She and her siblings were sent to different foster homes. She now lived with her second foster family. Every day she came to school in a little windbreaker no matter how cold it was. It was all she had. She washed her…

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