America was founded on the belief of white superiority and entitlement. Non-whites were subjected to systems of oppression and discrimination to maintain and promote this misguided belief. The dismantling of centuries of institutional racism must begin with providing and accepting an inclusive, comprehensive and truthful account of the American story.
As a student, I defied assessment predictors and low expectations of my intellectual capacity expressed in word and deed by several educators. I continued in the path laid by my parents to do my best and never give up on my dreams and ambitions. I attended one of the best schools in the city, and participated and excelled in clubs - often absent of students like me. I complied with the rules even when I saw them unevenly applied and I learned the standard content required to complete state requirements.
During my high school and college experiences, I learned a lot about a nation that marginalized, omitted and/or denied a balanced account of the African American experience. As I began my personal journey I became enlightened about the genesis of many disparities experienced by African Americans today. While my growth was delayed, I am now on an accelerated path to not only learn more but to share that knowledge with others.
It is with this driving force that I concluded my 30 years experience in traditional education in July 2019 and embarked on a mission to further my quest to inform, inspire, and engage others in dialogue about the African American experience - in the hope of empowering others and bridging the gap of misunderstanding one person at a time.