Leaders Honor Courage of Advocates During Black History Month
February 22, 2019

Leaders across the Network fight every day to honor and protect the potential of all students—especially those historically underserved because of race and income. During Black History Month, members are recognizing the incredible sacrifices and courage of past and present advocates. While not an exhaustive list, here are some ways PIE Network members are honoring leaders this February.

“We cannot celebrate our proud black history without making sure we are building a city where our black communities, families, and children are able to contribute to that vibrant tapestry.”

Maya Martin Cadogan, executive director of DC PAVE, shared this in a recent letter to supporters. She reflects on Washington, D.C.’s rich history and future and the parent leaders who are marching forward for their children. “Our parent leaders push harder in their advocacy every day because they know that our black children are more brilliant, powerful, and bright than what the data tells us.”

“I saw someone who looked like me in a position of authority and that enabled me to see myself in that position. I want my students to have the same experience.”

In a recent Educators for Excellence post, Chicago principal Cory Cain—who didn’t have a black teacher until college—recounted how having a professional black role model empowered him. Now a leader at an inner city Chicago high school Cory works to provide the same experience for his students. In a similar post for Collaborative for Student Success, Erika Ross remembers her fourth-grade teacher and recognizes the long-term impact she had on her:

I don’t think that I’ve ever thanked her, partially because I was in fourth-grade and partially because it’s taken years for me to realize the tremendous impact she had on my life.”

TNTP shared six ways to teach black history all year long in a recent post on their site, encouraging educators to commit “to a syllabus that regularly celebrates the work and history of African Americans.” Kristy Sullivan goes on to say, “Centering students’ cultures in their learning not only creates more effective classrooms, but also pushes us to make their history relevant to the challenges and opportunities their communities face today.”

EdTrust used their #OurTimeIsNow series on social media to highlight African American policymakers, leaders, influencers, and more.

Similarly, Stand for Children Colorado launched #StandCelebratesBHM, featuring black leaders that made history in the Centennial State and across the country.

Education Post dedicated their monthly ed equity Twitter chat to discussing how schools celebrate Black History Month, zoning in on what’s working and what’s not. Read more from the conversation here.

Know of other advocates doing great work this Black History Month? Let us know.





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Ashley Schmidt

Ashley is PIE Network's Senior Director of Member Engagement & Communications

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