Why Black Teachers Matter by Messiah Toure Cook

In America, it’s pretty common for us to say that we are one of the best countries in the world. And while I have no doubt that we strive to deserve that title, I still challenge us to answer the question, “Best at what?” Allow me, a black male sophomore receiving a public education in…

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How many Black teachers has your child had?

On September 8, 2018, the Philly Children’s Movement will launch our #BLK2SCHOOL campaign, demanding that schools hire more Black teachers. Our launch event will be held at Little Jimmie’s Bakery Cafe from 12:30-4pm. We are asking that families and community members drop off school supplies to be donated to a local school and pick up…

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Conversations on Race at the Waldorf School

Steering Group member Maleka Diggs has been working throughout the year with a group of parents, administrators, and teachers at The Waldorf School of Philadelphia. Alexis and I — two of PCM’s three summer interns — had the pleasure of sitting in on the last of these workshops, which took place June 4th. The goal…

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7th Graders at Lea Elementary School March Against Gun Violence

On Thursday, May 31, 2018, 7th graders from Henry C. Lea Elementary School marched in their West Philadelphia community against gun violence. The march began at 1:30 pm in front of their school’s beautiful playground. As the students walked, a few younger children from the playground approached the gate to cheer the students on. The students…

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PCM Poster-Making and Chant-Making at Lea Elementary

PCM was invited over to the Henry C. Lea Elementary School, in Walnut Hill on Thursday, May 24th to assist a 7th grade class in making posters and preparing chants for a march that they are planning to have next week. The subject of protest for the class was addressing gun violence in their communities…

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Finding Peace with Sonia Sanchez by Doriana Markovitz

i Am YElloW i have arrived in this world like a clump of Yellow pollen melting inside plastic flower-hearts a.w.a.i.t.i.n.g. the feed of honeybees risin’ and fallin’ with the echoing laughs of God  i know the grueling sensation of losing yourself  i have spread out my veins and straggled my desires until they have streamed…

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