Are you reading the newspapers? Watching the news? SO many awful things have happened: George Floyd and others being needlessly killed, Corona Virus stats dropping, then spiking, the economy so erratic, businesses closing right and left, the unemployment rate and so much more, but, look what else is happening:
Juneteenth is now being recognized and the date that is known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day and Emancipation Day is now a holiday for state workers in New York and schools will be closed for that day. Other states have followed suit too.
CNN and Sesame Street, two great organizations, collaborated to do a Town Hall addressing racism.
Bubba Wilson, the only black NASCAR driver, changed the NASCAR racing culture forever when his teammates and all race participants walked in solidarity with him in the face of a noose found in his work space.
NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, has named their headquarters in Washington DC after Mary Jackson, a mathematician and aerospace engineer, and its' first black female engineer.
Statues are being taken down all over the place that depict people who represent racist views like Teddy Roosevelt standing with an Indian and a black, depicting them as subjugated and racially inferior, in front of the New York Museum.
The times they are a-changing, and so are schools. Independent Schools now almost all have Directors of Diversity and Inclusion and Anti-Racist and Bias plans in action for students, faculty, administrators and alums. Change was slow to start in the schools as in the world, but it has really picked up speed and is now a definite priority for all schools.
Contact Wendy Levey Consulting, wendylevey.com, for information and help, because, we got this! Education matters.