Phillis Wheatley High School & the Erasure of Black Achievement

** I recently came across some papers relating to Wheatley High School while doing some archival research, and I decided to post this essay here. It's old, but still relevant to some things happening in HISD. As always, share and leave a comment! ** The internet is abuzz this week with an article on the … Continue reading Phillis Wheatley High School & the Erasure of Black Achievement

Corn Husk Dolls & Play Amidst Oppression

Recently, I thought about Twelve Years a Slave and how it was the most painful movie experience I’ve ever sat through. This is not a negative thing, of course. Any remotely realistic movie about slavery should be painful. At any rate, I finally worked up the nerve to watch it again, and I was struck … Continue reading Corn Husk Dolls & Play Amidst Oppression

Incriminating Black Motherhood: Class & Educational Access in the US

I have always known that being very poor, which we were, had nothing to do with lovingness or familyness or character or any of that…We were quite clear that what we had didn’t have anything to do with what we were. ~ Lucille Clifton, writer & educator, 1936-2010 ~ In light of the recent college … Continue reading Incriminating Black Motherhood: Class & Educational Access in the US