No, We Don’t Need a Men’s History Month

By Andrew Pillow It’s Women’s History Month and I have been teaching my class about the accomplishments of women throughout history. While pretty much all of my students are receptive to the idea of spending extra time learning about women, some of them do seem a bit confused as to why we are doing it. Some even going as far to ask, “Why is there no Men’s History Month?” This question is actually… Read More

My Biggest Fear is I’m not Doing Enough

By Reginald Barbour Sometimes I ask myself am I doing enough? This usually happens in response to a tragic incident or after receiving disappointing news. In my everyday life, I don’t spend too much time asking myself this question or second guessing the advocacy work that I do around education and social justice. However, when I hear about another senseless killing or act of racism against us, I admit, I go to… Read More

74 Interview: Parent Activist Mary Moran on Engaging Families and Demanding Accountability in New Orleans Schools

This article was first published on As an Afro-Latina born to Salvadoran parents attending south Los Angeles schools, Mary Moran had a very different background from her Mexican-American and African-American classmates. But having roots in both communities taught Moran to be a bridge-builder from an early age. That experience propelled Moran to a life of advocacy and organizing, which included a stint on the staff of the group Parent Revolution in… Read More

Rest In Peace Linda Brown

A Message to the Young Girls Who Sit in Our Classrooms

By David McGuire Every day as educators, we have the opportunity to make a lasting impression on our students. We stand at the front of the room and we teach, but at the same time, we hope to inspire. We hope our students’ dreams come true. It is our mission provide them with the roadmap to their destination. As a male educator, I look at the young ladies in my classroom and… Read More

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