King Kellz, Fayetteville, NC. We only learn what America has taught us about our specific race.
Laura Reeder, Boston, MA. I teach teachers. I am a teacher. I am exhausted by the confusion that we perpetuate about who deserves to learn and who needs to be schooled.
Abby London-Crawford New York City, NY The Bronx I still teach the songs of the Civil Rights Movement to pass on its legacy to young children.
Deborah Council Wilmington, DE In 1970, I was doing my practice teaching in Barrington, NJ and took on of my student’s to an outing. When I returned her to her home, her mother informed me that the neighbor approached her and told her how lucky she was to have had two (2) maids in a [...]
Lacey Columbus, OH During my first year of teaching, I was basically told by my principal that I couldn’t teach “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou to my all African-American students because I was white.
Jaimie Scanlon Brattleboro, VT My husband is bilingual Japanese-American. His mother, raising three boys in Iowa in the 1960s, made sure her sons grew up speaking, reading, and writing her own mother tongue. Now all three men are completely bilingual and realize the value of the gift she gave them. Before our kids were born [...]
William B. Cogswell Salinas, CA
T. Adrian Vanko Etna, OH
Holly West Ann Arbor, MI My five best friends have taught me a lot about race.
Diana Ann Arbor, MI
Linden Montague Anchorage, AK
Leslie Owen Pensacola, FL Submitted via: NPR’s Talk of the Nation
Drew Morgan North Beach, NY