Advocating While Black – a discussion with Naomi Shelton

Advocacy and activism is always a grind if you're doing it right. That's even more true when you fight for controversial changes to America's public education system. But people of color take special abuse for advocating "reforms" that are unpopular with the education establishment. Naomi Shelton, a member of the D.C. Public Charter School Board joins us today to discuss "advocating while black."

Posted by Citizen Ed on Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Advocacy and activism is always a grind if you’re doing it right. That’s even more true when you fight for controversial changes to America’s public education system. But people of color take special abuse for advocating “reforms” that are unpopular with the education establishment.

Naomi Shelton, a member of the D.C. Public Charter School Board joins host Citizen Stewart on episode 5 of the ‘Education Is Power Broadcast’, to discuss “advocating while black” and the unique challenges it entails.

You do not want to miss the episode that spawned hashtags like #HushWhenMyAncestorsSpeak and #WeGotTimeToday.

Watch the full video and share your own thoughts on what it looks like for black folks to have a seat at the table in reforming our education system.

Josh Stewart considers himself a global citizen first and foremost and is passionate about cultural exchange. He has a B.s. in Political Science and Hispanic Studies from St. John's University in Minnesota and experience as both an ESL and social studies teacher in Korea and the Philippines. He currently works a digital content Manager for Citizen Education and Education Post and enjoys both traditional and creative methods crafting messages around the desperate need to improve our education system and provide quality options to the most marginalized students and families.

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