Black Youth [Interrupted]: Reflections on the Four African American 6th Graders’ Letter

Once the letter went up, the internet did the rest. It has been nearly 3 weeks since Chris Eggemeier approached me to look over a letter written by four of his African-American students–Pheonix, Zayd, Bryson, and Keidy –addressed to president Obama. Since then, it has received over 1000 shares on Facebook, they have been approached by television news stations, news sites, and have even had … Continue reading Black Youth [Interrupted]: Reflections on the Four African American 6th Graders’ Letter

Meet the Four African American 6th Graders Who Penned the Heartbreaking Letter to President Obama

Four 6th Graders decided to do a research project on the Black Lives Matter Movement. The statistics they found on the bleak hope of black youth today are what prompted them to write a letter to president Obama on the urgency of addressing racism. Since posting the letter to my blog, the kids have been gaining notoriety and were asked to read it live at … Continue reading Meet the Four African American 6th Graders Who Penned the Heartbreaking Letter to President Obama

Four African American 6th Graders’ Open Letter to the President on the Urgency of Racism

Last week, at the school where I work, I was approached by a 6th grade teacher to review the work by several of his African American students. It was an open letter to president Obama on the bleak fate of African American youth today. The level of awareness these youth display towards their reality is all too clear in this letter. As soon as I … Continue reading Four African American 6th Graders’ Open Letter to the President on the Urgency of Racism