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Brown Vs. Board of Education, Was it Worth It?: #TeachMeTuesday

Hello All! As I write this blog post, and look at the state of where Black people are, mentally, today; I have to ask myself, “was Brown v. Board of education good for Black people’s minds?” There are people who grew up in segregation and preferred it to integration, because with integration, the bullying was now right there in their face everyday. My mom said this out of her own mouth. Even me, I grew up going to school with majority white kids, I didn’t like it. No, I didn’t like being called an N word and bullied by teachers and students and parents; I didn’t like that 20 years later, my little sister who is 20 years younger than me experienced the same thing. The one thing I always thought about kids who grew up going to predominantly Black schools was that, they have each other. I found that to be far more profound than dealing with racist white people every. single. day. So as far as our minds, I don’t believe integration was the best thing, unless, like Germany, the whole American system was re-educated to dismantle anti-black rhetoric, part of what Jews received in their reparations from Germany (Germans were re-educated to dismantle anti-Semitic rhetoric). If the institutions are still going to be anti-Black which results in us being treated worse, what was the point? I read a story yesterday where a teacher that was supposed to be teaching critical race theory, discriminated against a black child. Nonetheless, 3 Black lawyers won this Brown vs. Board of Education case, which was a victory. If anything, I celebrate the lawyers for winning. Enjoy the blog post below! Also, don’t forget to sign up for the last 2 classes for this go round of the Dear Black People™ Webinar Series!

On May 17, 1954, a historical moment happened where black children were no longer legally separated from their white peers in schools. Brown vs. board of education is the culmination of five different cases that were heard by the Supreme Court concerning the issue of Segregation in schools. These cases were Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Briggs v. Elliot, Davis v. Board of Education of Prince Edward County (VA.), Boiling v. Sharpe, and Gebhart v. Ethel. Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund handled these cases.

Oliver Brown, father to Linda Brown, took legal action as he wanted his daughter to be able to attend the local school instead of walking 6 blocks to a bus, just to ride another mile to a segregated school – as a third grader.

All 5 cases were sponsored by the NAACP. One case in particular, the Davis case, originated from a student protest when 16 year old Barbara Rose Johns of Moton High School organized a walkout with 450 students.

Thurgood Marshall, NAACP’s chief counsel, argued the case before the Supreme Court. The court made a unanimous decision after being divided on the issue for so long.

Even after the decision, school segregation did not end. in 1957, 3 years after the ruling, the Little Rock 9 was formed to challenge the validity of that ruling. They were vetted by the NAACP and determined to be strong enough to challenge the system. Minnijean Brown, Elizabeth Eckford, Ernest Green, Thelma Mothershed, Melba Patillo, Gloria Ray, Terrence Roberts, Jefferson Thomas and Carlotta Walls had been recruited by Daisy Gaston Bates, president of the Arkansas NAACP. They were counseled intensely to be built up for what they were about to face (remember I talked about that yesterday, preparation!) The national guard had been called to block black students from the school, as they were the first group of Black students to attend. Later that month, with the Little Rock 9, the national guard had to be called to escort them into the school. For the “get over it black people” crew, that was my moms generation, should we all now trust the same people who were alive during that time and have kids my age? Nope! Trust is earned…. anyway!

The administration building of Topeka Public schools in Kansas, is named McKinley Burnett, in honor of the NAACP chapter president who organized the case. On May 4, 1987, Monroe Elementary School of Topeka Kansas was made a National Historic Landmark for its significance to the Brown v. Board of Education Case; in 1992, it was named a national park. The Monroe Elementary School Building was one of four schools in Topeka for African American children up until 1954. This school was attended by three of the plaintiffs children in the Brown vs. board of education case.

As I mentioned in yesterdays post, build upon the actions of others. Brown V. Board led to the Little Rock 9, that’s how it works. What can you build on today? Let me know in the comments?

You see, I built on the tradition of my African ancestors when I created Melanated Gem. They created the concept, I added the empowering words and designs. Help me spread the word today, and support!

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Do White Female Teachers’ Perceptions of African-American Male Students Have a Significant Impact on African-American Males Overall School Performance?

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Hello All! Long name right? Well, the title of this paper I wrote in my 1st semester of grad school (2011) required it. At the time, I was going to school and teaching, and I had so many experiences defending Black children against the vileness that was placed upon them by white teachers, it was a terror, imagine how it was for the kids? The school was 99% Black, but the teachers were 97% white and female. The young Black boys were physically restrained and abused – I call it abuse, even though it’s “protocol”, at the young age of just 5 for being a little rowdy? I’ll tell you a story, one time, a white female teacher restrained a 4 year old Black boy with her knee in his back and his hands restrained behind his back, and was wondering, even asking me why he wouldn’t calm down. I remember after that, I took him and rocked him to sleep like a baby, and he fell asleep, so gentle! She said “oh it must be your breasts”, and I said that he’s a child! Well, that’s 1 of 1000 stories dear, so I was inspired, as a student of Africana Studies to go deeper into this inherent fear of Black boys, that at the tender age of 4 and 5, and all the way up to adulthood, white women always approach Black men from a place of fear. I believed it was and does affect their school performance. I literally worked so hard on this for my Research in Methods class taught by Dr. Marcia Sutherland, (the toughest most loving professor ever), she’s from Jamaica, she wore African attire to work every single day without fail, and she made us WORK for our grades, you hear me? I got an A+ on this paper, enjoy!

Let me know what you think!

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REQUESTED: Special Blog Post – Grad School Paper on Nigerian Education

Hello All! This week, you will see a few blog posts based on requests from Twitter. I have been engaging a lot more, and I made a comment about how the Nigerian education system is set up for Nigerians to be successful in the West, and not in Nigeria; it is by design. I spent a long time looking for the paper in my personal files I have saved from graduate school on my thumb drive and my laptop, not realizing it was in my e-mails from 2012! Mind you, I never knew that the attachments from my exported school e-mails were still there in my Hotmail, I almost cried, I found so many papers I wrote in grad school. Well, now I want to start sharing them with you. This is an educational blog, and some of these papers are 30-48 pages long, but I worked really hard on them, and would love to share. Although some viewpoints have changed, and can still be argued; I’d love for my fellow scholars to read along and tell me what you think! I received an A- on the paper, and it was written in 2012. Enjoy the paper by clicking on the link below which will lead to google docs; it is the only way I could share this PDF.

The title of this paper I wrote for my Education and Social Change in Developing Nations class is Education Policy as A Tool for Equality, Peace, and the Incorporation of Indigenous Beliefs for the Benefit of All Nigerians

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Week 2 Starts Tomorrow!

Hello everyone! Of course I am sticking to the updated posting schedule, but I wanted to come and remind you about week 2 of the Dear Black People™ Webinar Series. This week we’ll be talking about how to create the Global Black Love we are all looking for, beyond romantic relationships, which will lead to promoting what benefits us, in word and in deed. Again, I’m teaching us how to do it as opposed to just saying we should do it. I’m teaching everyone how to find their particular purpose in this time, as it doesn’t look the same for all of us!

Join us and tell a friend!