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The Second Line Blog:
Real Voices from the Education Parade

The second line parade is the archetypal New Orleans art form in which a main line of indigenous black artists and social groups lead a second line of community members (as well as soon-to-be members) in a moving celebration of tradition. Rooted in the jazz funeral tradition, second line parades honor the past while moving forward.

Likewise the Second Line Education Blog follows the voices of black people in education. It assumes that people of all backgrounds can support and celebrate black leadership—as diverse and colorful as that direction may be.

Plainly, the Second Line Education Blog will sound off parent and student views, perspectives on education reform, union understandings, teacher opinions and community concerns. There is always room in the parade—just as long as we’re moving in the direction of black voice.

Dancing in the Parade

The Second Line Education Blog seeks entries that speak to black perspectives in education. Anyone can write on any particular topic in education, but the entries should represent black voice. Written blogs should be between 500-750 words. Contributions can also come in the form of pictures, video or sound clips (time can vary). We will work with contributors to make sure the entries meet the standards of the second line.