When I look back at the education system from when I was a child to today, and how we can have a real role in advocating for our children and grandchildren’s education, it amazes me.
I grew up in Alabama and moved to Boston in the late 1960s. My three children attended and graduated from Boston Public Schools. As a working mother, I was not able to be as active in my children’s education as I would have wanted. I made sure that wasn’t the case with my three grandchildren. I volunteer in my youngest granddaughter Donia’s kindergarten classroom and continue to support my granddaughters academically to ensure they are on a path to a higher education.
Investing my time and energy in my children and grandchildren’s education has truly paid off; today, my oldest grandchild, Jameia, is a member of the Steppingstone Foundation, enrolled in MIT’s college prep program, a Massachusetts General Hospital Scholar, and was recently awarded the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship. My granddaughter Tiara is enrolled in the METCO program at Marblehead High School where she is an honor roll student.
I look at my grandchildren’s education and reflect on how their experiences are different from mine growing up in Alabama during the Civil Rights Movement. It was during this time that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Selma to Montgomery march which prompted President Johnson to introduce new voting rights.
Black History Month is an opportunity to reflect on and be inspired by our past. All of us who know the struggle for justice are joined together in remembering our solemn duty: to show up, speak up, reach out, and vote.
This year in Massachusetts, we’re doing all four. I hope you’ll join us in changing the odds for our students. To help make your impact last the whole year, please consider becoming a member of the Monthly Giving Circle. Your donation will help more parents join our fight for high-quality public education.