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It meant tutoring black high school students to make sure they got into college.Knowing the history instilled in me from my parents, I knew we’d been at this a long time, the sacrifice of our ancestors activism too often resulting in death or imprisonment – Nat, Denmark, Huey, Afeni.
Activism begins with a very important question: why NOT me or why NOT you or why NOT us?
And the answer: this – whatever “this” is: Slavery/mass incarceration, lynchings/police killings, Dr.
Public servants are so embedded in the daily operations of life on a local, state, and national level that it can be easy to take their roles for granted.
Contests like this provide us with the opportunity to celebrate African Americans whose public service ought not go unnoticed.
It is with the same unyielding support of diversity education that I encourage participation in First Lady De Santis’ Black History Month essay and art competition.
The theme of this year’s contest is “Celebrating Public Service” – an opportunity to honor an African American whose service has made Florida a better place for all to live – and to win a four-year Florida college scholarship!
For more information about the contest, visit Florida Black
Darcey Addo is a National Board Certified teacher who has been teaching at FLVS since 2009.
I stand on the shoulders of amazing women like Assata and Harriet and Sojourner and Dorothy and Angela and Ida and Queen Maxine and Tarana – every Black woman freedom fighter who made EVERY movement we’ve known in this country possible.
My activism is rooted in love because love will fuel the flame that empowers us to protect our power, our justice, and our freedom.