Celebrating Black History and Black Culture

Access to High-Quality Schools, Who We Are | 02/26/2020

Curley Johnson
Video Producer

As video producer at Stand for Children, I tell stories about schools, cities, and legislatures where we focus on ensuring all students receive a high quality, relevant education. It’s inspiring work to witness.

Inspiration also happens all around us. I recently got to step outside Stand’s world into Philadelphia Freedom Schools to see firsthand the powerful work the Center for Black Educator Development is doing to improve student outcomes and increase teacher diversity. I was especially struck by how their Freedom Schools’ model places Black and African-centric history at the heart of the students’ experience and pushes back against the false narratives our culture has held in place far too long. I loved seeing how Freedom Schools celebrate and validate their students and their community.

This video captures Freedom Schools’ daily Harambee ritual. As we reach the close of Black History Month, I can think of no more relevant story to shout out and share. I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to witness the joy and empowerment the Center for Black Educator Development is bringing to students in the city of Philadelphia. 

Yes, inspiration happens all around us.

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