OHF WEEKLY, Vol. 5 No. 36: Editor’s Letter, “When My Best Friend Was White,” “The Conquistador Smackdown,” “Lessons from Black Teachers of the Civil Rights Era,” and a quote by Shirley Chisholm.
Black teachers were consistently remembered by their former students and colleagues for their high expectations for student success, for their dedication, and for their demanding teaching style.
Some people say “indoctrination” is not what schools should do. Yet, going back to the first schools in Boston, Protestants were unwaveringly clear: that’s exactly what schools do!
Much has been made about the new Florida’s State Academic Guidelines for Black history, for good reason: They ignore critical portions of Black history.
Despite hardships, disenfranchisement and racial violence, Black communities and businesses continued to persevere and thrive.
For Black children to have a fighting chance at getting a good education and a promising future, parents must take an active role in the process and not assume all teachers are looking out for their kids.