Marcio Donaldson

By Gary Hardie I love when I find inspiration in unexpected places as I go through my day. Yesterday, I watched a video that moved me to tears and put education and leadership in perspective for me. If you haven’t seen Marcio Donaldson’s American Idol audition, you can watch it here. Often, life gives us a set of circumstances we did not choose. Our goal is to make the most of what… Read More

Janet Collins:She’s A Dancing Machine

Opening doors and blazing trails that enabled others to benefit from her dedication, Ms. Janet Collins deserves a wealth of our gratitude. Her unwavering commitment to dance, placed many who came after her on their feet. A ballet dancer, choreographer, and teacher of dance, Ms. Janet Collins was a ballet pioneer of her time. She appeared on Broadway as well as in films and on television. Rejection inspired her. Prejudice and bigotry… Read More

Two-Year Old Girl Has “Dance Party” with Michelle Obama after Photo Goes Viral

By Erica Copeland A two-year old toddler made headlines last month when a photograph of her gazing transfixed at the portrait of former First Lady Michelle Obama in Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery went viral. Days later, Michelle Obama would invite the young tot, Parker Curry, and her mother Jessica Curry to her office in Washington D.C. to meet. What was originally supposed to be a simple cordial meeting turned into a dance… Read More

How to Teach and Practice Intersectionality

  For Women’s History Month the word “intersectionality” comes to mind along with the myriad of signs I’ve seen at recent demonstrations. At the Women’s March in 2017 in Washington D.C., I saw numerous brightly decorated signs that demanded “intersectional feminism.” This past January in New Orleans, I saw one that read, “Feminism without intersectionality is not feminism.” But I’m also afraid this is simply a catch phrase for many people. I… Read More

Local Leader: Beverly Stanton McKenna

By Danielle Wright “If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive.” – Audre Lorde Although racial and gender disparities in the field of journalism caused Beverly McKenna to change her intended college major from Journalism to English, she never gave up on her dream of utilizing journalism as a tool to elevate the voices of African-Americans and document the accurate… Read More

Betsy DeVos’ White Privilege Is Hurting Us

Born into wealth Married to wealth It’s no secret that both whiteness and wealth provide entitlement and accessibility far greater than that which is available to others. There likely hasn’t been anything that Betsy DeVos hasn’t been able to acquire or do during her lifetime as a result of her white privilege and wealth. An advocate for school choice. A major financial contributor to the Republican Party. A successful business woman. But,… Read More

An Informed Student is a Powerful Student

Schools all over the country took time away from academics to prepare and execute a 17 Minute National Walkout to honor the lives of the 17 students and staff members whose lives were taken during the February 14 mass shooting that took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Ft. Lauderdale. Conversations on the country’s gun laws lead the dialogue each time there is a mass shooting; and yet, no real… Read More

Betsy DeVos Should Be Applauded

With a smirk on her face and disdain in her voice, Betsy DeVos our reigning Secretary of Education happily sat through her interview with Lesley Stahl of 60 minutes and she did an absolutely wonderful job. Betsy DeVos is who so many of us have seen consistently in America, a classic white woman in Tammy Wynette fashion who stands by her men. In this case, the men in her life are President… Read More

White Flight and Who Really Needs Protecting

After I read the article, “‘White Flight’ Remains a Reality,” I thought back to my days as a young man and recall hearing  “you know whites used to stay back there” or “that used to be a white school, park, grocery, or part of town” never realizing the impact. Although white flight is a term we have heard often, many times we don’t talk about  its destructive remnants. In its path, white… Read More

Betsy Devos fails the test, Again!

By Gary Hardie Devos might be one of Trump’s least qualified appointees. Time and time again, she has proved to be inept on the fundamental understanding of public education in this country; this was first evident during her confirmation hearings when she could not respond to simple and direct questions about education policy. Then, she mischaracterized HBCU’s in a grammatically incorrect statement and rolled back critical Obama-era civil rights protections making marginalized… Read More