I met two educators last week who are passionate about their work and about achieving justice for all. These young people feel it's important to represent their generation well and realize the importance of helping to prepare future generations.
“I'm an Associate Professor at Montgomery College, Faculty Associate at Johns Hopkins Univ. (one of my alma maters), and an adjunct professor at Prince George's Community College. As a professor, it's my responsibility to teach my students to critically think and challenge systems of oppression. I have to enact what I teach or else my entire life's work would be in vain. Even if I'm the last one standing, pushing against a wall of social injustice, then I'd gladly take that stance for the thousands of students I've taught and loved.”
Brittany is an elementary school science teacher. On the same day of the Freedom Fighters March in DC last week, she defended her thesis, and received the highest score in her cohort. Brittany she says she believes strongly in education for herself and for all. She says she was marching "in response to racism against black men, women, children, and especially what happened to George Floyd on May 25th." She says education is always important, but particularly now because "we're raising little black boys and girls in this environment and we need to empower them with tools to change these same systems that are oppressing us now."