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width readings, friends. you look absolutely wonderful. thank you for joining us at the 2017 black history month kickoff celebration in this magnificent city hall rotunda. my name is all the worse camera on. chairperson of the black history month committee of the san francisco african-american historical and cultural society. the committee members join me in welcoming you. we are
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honored to have such distinguished guests seated on the stage who will later be introduced by mr. alan williams, president of the african-american historical and cultural society. each year when we celebrate black history month, we adopt the national theme of the association for the study of african american life and history founded by the late dr. quarter jean woodson. father of black history week that later became black history month. this year, the national theme is, the crisis in black education. the executive summary found in your program addresses the theme. we will follow the order of the program . now, rev. dr. amos c brown,
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civil rights leader and pastor of historic third baptist church will bring the invocation followed by mr. eldridge anthony, who will lead us-who is the conductor of the willie l brown wilson choir leading us in singing with every voice and sing, the negro national anthem. please, stand. thank you. >> let us now pause and give acknowledgment to our maker.
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oh, unmoved mover, the source of knowledge, wisdom, and understanding, we pause in spite of whatever tom we might utter to speak of you. to acknowledge that our people perish because of a lack of knowledge and critical thinking. but we thank you, god, that since those dark days of slavery sons and daughters of africa have always had a thirst for
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knowledge and wisdom. those slave masters forbade us to even read or write, but god, we thank you for the ingenuity and the strong will of our forebears who dug pits out in the brush harbors and put a talk over them and studied how to learn and read. god, we thank you that [inaudible] chris all established the first school in boston massachusetts. we invoke the name of robert small who established the first compulsory common school in
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these united states of america for blacks, and we pray that we will have a sense of stick to it of this and we won't anybody stop us from learning and thinking for ourselves. so we been taught by regiment a large amaze, if you cannot think for yourself, somebody else will do your thinking for you and whoever does you are thinking for you we'll be your master. and you, their slave. thank you for this african-american historical and cultural society that is joined forces with our national observance in honor that we might keep alive our faith in learning, keep alive our actions of making african-american history a day for every day and not just for
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one month in this nation. we pray this in our name in the father, and everybody says, amen.[
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>>[music and singing by the crowd] >>[applause] >>[music]
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>>[music and singing]
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>> let's give the willie brown school choir another round of applause. >>[applause] >> thank you. my name is [inaudible] president of the african-american historical cultural society and i with my fellow board members [inaudible] executive director are both either join in welcoming you all to this 2017 annual black history month kickoff program. we have a number of every [inaudible]
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with the challenge of making introductions and recognizing all the important people in the room and not offending anybody can so with everybody in the room, please stand up. >>[laughing] no, that's all right. there are some particularly important people we do wish to acknowledge. i just want to start off to my left, by introducing luis herrera and michael lambert. louise is it [inaudible] assistant city librarian. >>[applause] we have also sheriff hennessey, vicki hennessy is with us. >>[applause] and a very special welcome to capt. scott the chief of police. give him a big round of applause. >>[applause] we have superintendent of schools,, mr.
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lee with us. >>[applause] we have and in randolph from the community college board is also-how randolph - i'm sorry - >>[applause] we also have [inaudible] mr. collins is here with us. >>[applause] dj broker from southeast community college facility is with us. >>[applause] former mayor willie brown, mayor willie brown is here with us. >>[applause] pastor a really us water. >>[applause] hamed
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vander department of public works is with us and a number of people we will come back and acknowledge that the program moves forward. [inaudible] as the chairman mentioned, the black history program is priceless in black education. when we look at the term, [inaudible] has a couple of different meetings. one, of course at the time of an intense difficulty, trouble and danger. another definition of crises is a time, a time when it is difficult or in an important decision must be made good so it's inherent in a crisis and opportunity as well as well as a problem. when we look at the issue of opportunity, when we look at [inaudible]. the definition of a problem. there is the identifying a solution to the problem and the third piece of
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looking at a crisis, is then, taking action based on that solution that we arrive at. in order to take that action, you need three things. you need the resources to do it, you need to resolve to do it and you need the leadership to do it and we are very blessed today to have an incredibly strong and powerful leadership as represented here on this day us today that will lead us forward as we do with the implementation of action to deal with the crisis in education with that, i would like to ask supervisor am a president of the san francisco board of supervisors when integrated and supervisor lilia cohen and the newly elected board of education [inaudible] to come forward and offer a brief comments. >>[applause] >> good afternoon everybody. i just also want to take this
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opportunity to acknowledge my colleagues who are here as well on the board of supervisors, my newest colleague sandy fewer. who represents district 1. >>[applause] and aisha safai who represents district 11. thank you both for being here today. thank you to our assessor recorder carmen chu and our treasure was a cisneros. in our chief of protocol, charlie schultz. thank you so much for joining us. >>[applause] you know, a couple of years ago one of the things that i made clear is that housing was definitely going to be at the top of one of my priorities. more importantly, as we talked about the outmigration of african-americans, as we celebrate today, the kickoff of african-american history month here in the city and county of san francisco, i just want to take this opportunity to reflect
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on two very important things. last year supervisor cohen and i went out chart for neighborhood preference leathers account why is that so important we typically with affordable housing and access to affordable housing, it is very difficult to make sure that people from the african-american community and particularly the people i grew up here in san francisco have access to affordable housing when housing is built in our neighborhood. we got that legislation passed we took that fight all the way to washington dc into hud and because of the work that we did, because of the work that [inaudible] 12 was get in those applications >>[applause] instead of at the willie d kennedy apartments, instead of what we typically see, maybe if we are lucky, three, maybe five african-americans, 38 of the 98
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units went to african-americans that willie d kennedy apartments. thank you delta sigma theta. thank you mayor's office of housing, thank you mayor ed lee. >>[applause] but we are not done. we've got work to do. i want to also secondly acknowledge the fact that we've got work to do with the next generation. you know, education is wide a good education is why i'm standing here today as the president of the board of supervisors pushing legislation that helps our community. so, now, we have the next generation in these amazing young people who sang so beautifully for us today from the will he be-- i'm sorry - lewis brown junior school and thank you for coming here. we support you. we encourage you. we lift you up. thank you for those beautiful words. i come along with supervisor cohen we are committed to continuing our fight here in san francisco, to push the policy that will continue to push us out. to
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make sure that there's a voice for the voiceless. we have a lot of work to do and why we will so great today, our history, our culture, our heritage, we know that there is a lot going on in our country. we know the days are challenging times but let's remember, this is not new to us. we have been here before and we prepared. the are paired for the fight, for freedom, for justice, for the things that we have fought for way back in the 60s. we are not afraid and we are going to continue to stand up and fight. thank you all so much for being here today to kick off this incredible month. >>[applause] >> happy new year. no. happy black history month.
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>>[applause] this is incredible times. when my favorite times of the year where we get together, we come together and reflect on how much we have accomplished but more importantly, where we sit back and take note on the work we need to do in order to push forward. i want to recognize when of our newest school board members, deboned cooked. >>[applause] there's three key things i want to communicate with you today. first of all, the people palace, the city hall, in honor of black history month will be lit up in red, black and green. >>[applause] i also want to let you know that in the spirit of red, black, and green pan african pride, there are polls that are placed painted in bayview hunters point along third seed by our very own dpw team. thank you mohammed nuru. signifying the cultural contributions that african americans and africans
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have made to this city. so when you are driving out third and you see those polls, just thought i'd knowledge and smile. you are being recognized. you are going down in history. >>[applause] my final piece of information that you must know and you must understand. district 10 has the largest city's public housing unit. last week, - excuse me - earlier this week, the mayor signed into legislation the rebuild of sunnydale and potrero hill. we are rebuilding public housing. >>[applause] this is incredible good this is transformative. they said it
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could not be done could they said we cannot do sunnydale and potrero hill at the same time. i'm here to tell you that the mayor, pres. breed myself and my colleagues, we have got it done. this is the beginning of a new definition of what public housing is going to look like. we are taking care of those that need our assistance. were not leaving anyone behind. that has been our pledge to you and we are delivering and making good on that and i want you to know, that is why we are celebrating black history month out of the many accomplishments african-americans have made not just to the city, not to the state but to this entire country. ladies and gentlemen, i want you to celebrate enthusiastically and have pride. i also want you to run the pres. breed and i are having our annual black history celebration. february 23, right here in this rotunda. now, if you've been with us in the past you know you know we have to get under we will have food could be well entertainment we will have wine provided from the african cultural and diaspora. be please come join us. thank you very much. >>[applause]
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>> i wish i could claim credit and say supervisor cohen and i planned her presentation way she would talk about the great accomplishments that are public housing is a set of to bring the mayor on but the fact is, i blew it and did ring the mayor up before the rest of them got up. be please join me in welcoming mayor ed lee to the podium. >>[applause] >> good afternoon everyone could welcome to the people's palace. the kickoff of an entire month of celebrating our black history. what a wonderful opportunity this is. and to have at the forefront the theme of education and we are going to hear from land and in a few minutes, but i am excited for this city. because there is more to celebrate. you know, i saw former mayor willie brown
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just a minute ago. he broke that big ceiling being the mayor of san francisco. that was big to celebrate. and have a bridge and a choir named after him, that's pretty good. that's great to celebrate. >>[applause] well, we have more. we have not stopped. yet as our leaders of the present and the past keep reminding us, we've got to move forward with everyone. so it is that you should know we have not stopped in the great city of san francisco celebrating the talent and the leadership from our african-american community. you look at the fact, did you know that we have the first african-american city administrator in the history of san francisco right now good >>[applause] naomi kelly. the first african-american to head
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the public utilities commission for the city and engineer -sounds irish but his name is harlan kelly and he is african-american. our public works director, the first african-american to head public works in the city of san francisco. >>[applause] derek brown, the head of our neighborhood services helping every single neighborhood in the city, thank you, derek for your leadership. >>[applause] it continues more and more that i also want to say, that i'm glad our new chief is here. he is what levels reach that sense of justice along with his partners like allen nance and others for the juvenile justice because we have more work to do when it comes to justice. right, amos? more work to do
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and we will do that work. but we will do it as deliberately and proudly as we are rebuilding all of our property housing, as we are rebuilding neighborhoods. because we have an even greater leadership because, did you know, that we are also at a store moment when pres. lyndon breed has become the two-term president of the board of supervisors. that san francisco, is history. >>[applause] we are still making its. we are still doing it. were still doing it together. as a city and isaac community. i am so proud, not only of everybody in this room but all of the young kids that we look to take up our roles, be it the mayor, be the supervisors, the heads of departments, be our police chief. we're doing our job now so that you can proudly come in and take your spot in the world. by the way, if we have a few billionaire ceos in the
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crowd, we would like that, too. we need more-we need more african-americans in our business communities stepping up, right? so we've got a lot of work to do but we are going along ways already with the people that we've got leading this effort. because no one in this administration were the board of supervisors is standing still. we are lifting people up. we are moving forward. we're getting rid of the barriers and we are not afraid of that guy in the white house. >>[applause] >>[cheerring] i don't know about you, i am sick and tired of worrying about trump can i want him to worry about what we are doing. >>[applause] this
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is the way it should be. san francisco will lead this effort. we will do it with our african-american community. we will do it with the cornerstones of education, of transportation, of housing and most importantly, of equality. this is a city of e quality. we will always be a city of e quality. >>[applause] with that, let us kick off the celebration by blessing the leadership of our african cultural historical society leadership and now i williams, i know have known this guy for decades and he will work bitterly, without a desk to put the history books together the papers together,. he will never allow us to forget what our history is in our culture is in the city. al, step up. thank you very much for your leadership in keeping us apprised of our apprised of ourhistory. >>[applause] >> thank you mr. mayor. and that, how williams as always talked about is simply
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representative of a lot of people who are members of the african-american historical and cultural society we certainly welcome all of you to become owners of the society as well and help keep this important work moving forward. before we ask shavonda walton president of the board of education to come for, i just want of knowledge a couple of other people. first of all, are all the commissioners and i can commissioners and board members, would you please stand members of the audience, mems of the commissions would you so we can acknowledge you as well. >>[applause] welcome, all and thank you for being here get, one, diane, get up. diane great. >>[applause] he also have with us today, [inaudible] the new airport director along
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with jeff littlefield. his assistant mr. said carol and mr. littlefield from the san francisco airports. >>[applause] davon cook the new member of the board of education is with us as well. davon, welcome >>[applause] and joyce hicks is with the mayor's office of police accountability. ms. hicks, ms. joyce hicks, welcome, joyce. >>[applause] david chiu, and where is david? assemblyman david chiu is here as well. welcome, welcome all >>[applause] so with that we are going to move forward and i skipped javon will come forward and offer greetings as the new president of the board of education. >>[applause] >> good afternoon beautiful people. first giving out to the guys it is a pleasure always to have the opportunity to bat cleanup up here. but going after our supervisors and our mayor it is exciting for me to get to say that regardless of
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what went on at the national level, regardless of what you see going on across the country, we are making history right here in san francisco. right now, we have seven elected black officials here in san francisco. >>[applause] yes, you can clap for that. >>[applause] several more if you got the democratic county central committee. as we talk about the crisis in black education, we can talk about the fact that san francisco is ready to fight and we've already taken the steps to make sure that our people are going to get what they deserve and that the quality of education you two black members of the board of education two black numbers of city college board of trustees, we are here and ready to fight. it's not just about elections. it's not just about elections. it's about the people who work every day and our community with our students and with our families to make sure that they get the opportunities that they deserve. so as we were to trump
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bigotry as we look to trump hatred as we work to trump ignorance, as we were to trump all the ills of society, know that we are working hard together and i know that we have everyone in this audience, everyone here in the city on the same side. so thank you so much for being here today. >>[applause] lastly, i also want to honor and acknowledge our vice president of the board of education ido mendoza mcdonald. thank you so much for being here today. god bless you all. >>[applause] >> thank you president walton. now, it's that time to bring forward-i think before i get it wrong in the program again-the keynote speaker for today. in your program there's a profile on landon-and i will take the time to read that to you. you can do that for yourselves. but i would point out that we are really honored to have him here. so since he's hit the ground he's been out and about in the committee work and a half the superdense to initiate and implement programs and activities that really speak to
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this issue of improving the quality of education for all of the people in san francisco public schools. he, himself, is a product of san francisco public schools and i'm sure has a wonderful message to present to us and with that i bring forward landon vicki. >>[applause] >> thank you. it's an honor to be here today. i would like to thank the san francisco african-american historical and cultural society for having me speak today. thank you mr. williams and ms. cameron for all you do to preserve and promote our heritage here in san francisco. it's increasingly needed an important work. i would like to-another due account of shadows but i like to thank my family for being in the
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audience today taking some time off from work. i did to my fiancé, my mother and father who are here with us today. i also would just like to it knowledge, this is something i realized in the moment but i think it's a beautiful thing that poor black elected officials, as far as i can see, all are products of the san francisco unified school district. i would just like to honor and recognize that. the clapping i am a son of the san francisco. but before i get into my remarks, i would also like to send love and prayers to another son of san francisco, josiah lightfoot, whose light was taken too soon just a few weeks ago. my thoughts and prayers go to his family and the community celebrating his life today at his funeral memorial service. i am a son of san francisco. in fact, this very building has always had significance to me. it's the place my parents were married, the location of my high school senior prom, and the place i will get married 10 months from now. thank you.
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>>[applause] but even more so, it's the seat of democracy in our city. my belief in democracy is inextricably tied to my commitment to education. as i see it, democracy in its summer storm is meant to be an ongoing debate good as john stuart mill wrote on liberty, if and to the competition of ideas. the stronger against the weaker, over and over again until finally you reach the world heavyweight championship muhamed ali versus sonny liston. i'm an educator and employee of the public school system because i want our students are black children, to be world-class fighters in the intellectual brain and the political arena, and at the table surrounded by the decision-makers in our country. by show of hands how many people have shown [inaudible] you've got to see that movie. see it this month. for those that have seen it, you remember the scene when catherine johnson demands to be led into the room of the pentagon
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rethink or john glenn's orbit around the planet she speaks up when her white boss does not know the answer to that question to the shadow and the head of the national program [inaudible] kidnapped the recovery point for the shuttle. that's what i envision for our students. not just to sit at the table were to run the table. that is what our students are capable of. more importantly, i'm convinced it's what our country needs. we shoulder an incredible burden as black people. we do. we shoulder an incredible burden. in a land that we are brought to as prisoners, and a combination that we made the down payment on, we are also called upon to be the conscience, the moral compass, the north star of our country. ever since we started [inaudible] grabbing books and newspapers that society was afraid to let us possess, that's exactly what we have done. from frederick douglass to marry my class to martin
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luther king jr., we've seized the tools of liberation, the pains of paper and the books and we have forced the arc of the universe towards justice. i want to tell you a bit about my black education in and talk about the current crisis. first of all education for black people and of black people will never be as simple as it is for other groups. we cannot talk about black education without understanding that racism was our nations first form of propaganda. it was the piece of propaganda that permitted us to be devalued as free labor because it suggested we were not the same type of life form as light white people. white supremacy went hand-in-hand with racism. like any good piece of propaganda, it permeated the multiple channels. arts, film, books, and the main training ground for american citizens. our public education system. so what does
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that mean for black child in the school system? compared to the dominant culture are schooling is not just a matter of academic mastery. it's a matter of excelling academically while sheltering ourselves from messages that are transmitted through curriculum and textbooks, assessments and media that tell us we are less than an antimatter of navigating access to opportunities to where never designed to be just. my first triumphant [inaudible] were matter of accident i lived in a home with two parents graduated from college and on my father's side of the family, his father had gone to college and graduate school. dr. lloyd c dickey. did you know when i was a kid other kids used to make more fun of my name? do you know that as an adult kids still make fun of my name? but
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i'm so proud of my name because he belongs to a man who attended texas college a historically black college and universities, went to dentistry school, moved to the bay area, bought a home through the g.i. bill and started a dental practice alongside called and be good one. yes, that's the building we are in in the fillmore. >>[applause] more importantly, the name belongs to move my father was my-my father was my rock who taught me to work hard to do better, be better and not make excuses. it's a name that belongs to my wonderful grandmother aunt uncles and cousins in the bay area. filler that's my middle name. i'm so proud of my middleman because it belonged to my grandmother moved from houston in the early 1960s. she rented a home in the bayview for my family the work at the post office, and ushered my mother through sfusd as a single parents. my mom went to elementary school and leo brown junior middle school now. she went to middle school and roosevelt and graduated from lowell high school. i credit my mother and grandmother for the fire inside me and my willingness to be the first or only one of us in the room. they were respectively the first and second leaders i ever knew. my parents grew up in the
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bay area and most of the school system. that gave me access. they knew which schools a track record of success in preparing students for the next grade. my mom actually took my sister out of us as of date for the first month of house in kindergarten placing her private school and camp out at the district office until a spot opened up in her preferred school lakeshore elementary. my sister bestowed a gift that kept on giving to myself and my younger sister. sibling preference and westside school. now that i overcome when the biggest hurdles being in the right school was time to perform. i stumbled out the gate. alike in the member is meeting with my parents and teachers papers in front of me with a low numbers in red. talking in class [inaudible] in kindergarten being assigned the role of slave in games of slave and master on the schoolyard. trying to sneak in front of the entire class not being able to get the words out. in kindergarten i was diagnosed
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with a speech impediment the severest stutter that [inaudible] i started the your fearless but ended the year defenseless. in first grade i buy next major triumph. access to the right person at the right time. this was an instance of special education services and individual education plans working for a child. the speech impediment i had developed gave me access to my first angel in the school system a patient speech coach met with me every week in first grade. i someone in my corner coaching me, keeping me ready for the next round of the fight. you know the cool and beautiful thing about academic success? if you get success. it creates more success but in the absence of success, setbacks beget more setbacks and for that reason was a true blessing that i've received and
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intervention when i needed it. my entire mentality around school changed. i loved reading chapter books. i volunteered to read aloud in class and enact the team previously impossible for me. i started loving reading so much that i said to ashley bright light these authors great narratives that other people can enjoy as well. i don't want to give the impression that i completely coasted to the rest of school. i did not could i have other setbacks. but i always seem to have that angel in my corner when i needed him or her. that coach i needed to get off the ropes and back into the ring. at that time at sfusd i became an academic all-star the lifetime printed in the gifted and talented education in fourth grade progressing to the honest i can middle school and after eighth-grade was drawn in by the magnet that is lowell high school. the k-12 path i took was characterized by high expectations and rigorous coursework and the path was buttressed by my support my parents, tutors, occasional teacher that went above and beyond for me. a byproduct of
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my past was the doing of navigating it alone. this loneliness always seemed one of the few black students in my class made perfect sense to me when i got to college and learn the concept of the achievement gap. this loneliness also may be especially eager to find black narratives and role models in school. as a fourth grader i remember reading a biography of: how i sought out in independent reading and i was transfixed by get i literally could not put it down. outside of my family he was one of the first black then i thought dreaming big and excelling and at that point i was a dreamer. still am, actually. from k-12 navigator minefield for my identity. every image of: how were harriet taubman was outweighed by my representation in the curriculum usually as a nameless inbound human being. was outweighed by the slurs my classmates would sling and the jokes my peers would make about my family's income status and that of black people. it wasn't until i got to harvard and
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surround by nearly 800 other black minds and been told that the world was theirs that my own understanding of blackness [inaudible] that's when i realized our greatness is not exceptional. i realized the norm of our excellence has been hidden from us. >>[applause] so what does this mean for black education today? let me just say with respect to the national theme of the crisis of black education let's be very clear. there is no crisis of black genius. black genius is in our schools. black genius is sitting in the choir over there. i see it every day. i'm not special. i 4500 brothers and sisters in the district that are leaders on the campus leaders in the city, budding mathematicians, scientists and future doctors. we hope these young people get jobs graduate from high school and persistent
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college. as we know some of them are here today's wired like to thank mission high school willie brown and any of our other schools here today. let's clap it up for our young people. >>[applause] the crisis you face as a community we have passively accepted a lie. that light is that the black child needs to be pitied. needs to be coddled, is dangerous, is not deserving doesn't belong. this light is allowed us to function on autopilot. we watch our children failed to console ourselves and say, we tried our best. that we have achieved as much as we can as fast as we can and maybe someone or some idea will come along that will save us and save our children. it is my belief that no one else is coming. we in this room and throughout our city will be the ones that fix what was broken for our children. >>[applause] we have proven our ability to be revolutionary in the face of explicit discrimination. now we have to become revolutionary in the age of implicit discrimination in
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the age of the balance of institutions that are functioning but not working. which of the revolution look like? in my story i had access to protected k-12 pathway to college. it was rudimentary yet by schools and academic programs were fit together the put me on the doorstep of higher education. in san francisco we have to build a school expense for our black children that doesn't leave signing the right people at the right time up to chance. we have to build relationships between school staff and communities at elementary middle and high school that enable our children to move from one network of allies to another and be greeted by people who are ready for them and have already been preparing for them. we have to work more
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intentionally to create a school culture that makes and protectors of our most precious asset, want to stay in the schools and befuddled by staying. we can do this, if we can build this team of guardian angels within and across our schools, then we will shift from a sense of overwhelming crisis to a state of fierce urgency. we will not be content with deandre not completing his reading psalms or [inaudible] addresses reading the market we will tackle it today. i parents and grand parents grew up and an era where learning was contracted by any means necessary. we can revive that era in our schools and we can do it in any neighborhood in san francisco. >>[applause] we have to shift from a sense of crisis to a state of urgency. we have to celebrate the children. we have to celebrate the interest of our children. we have to do that with the urgency that we move to protect a flickering flame. when you see a flickering flame you instinctively rushed protected from the wind to add more candling to help it grow. our black children deserve the same bounding around their interest. thank god, my teacher
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encouraged michael powell biography project. thank god, encouraged my creative stores. think documenting curse my public speaking. thank god they encourage me to stay in geometry, one for student government, apply and attend harvard. do not leave the light. heavy black child has an academic spark. fan the flame. >>[applause] we have to bring our black families into the classroom. we have to provide the parents guardians and caregivers of our children with as much information and knowledge as my parents had. we have to recognize them for who they are. the most invested in steadfast advocates for the children in our community. i've seen boundless love in our black families parents here in san francisco boundless care and believe in their children. we have to partner with a black families. when they're frustrated with us as educators, most of the time rightfully so, we can turn away from them. that's the time to bring them closer and work with them to deliver for our children. our families do we include the fathers and mothers and the rev. ounce of virginia marshals the emily way thompson's diana grace cheryl davidson's and john marshals and so many more. finally, as
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black people we have to remain competitors. but with this challenge to myself as well. we have to work extra hard to hold fast to the police in her own greatness. we have to strive to be the best. not to get by and survive but to thrive. the souls of black folks wbe devoid boat and perfect about his experience in grade school, it dawned upon me with a certain seven is that i was different from the others. shut out from the world by [inaudible] i had their no desire to tear down that failed to creep through. i hope all beyond [inaudible] and with above in a region of blue sky and great wandering shadow get that sky was blue when i could [inaudible] at examination time. the boys knew we can compete in the classroom and we can win. we need to tell that to our children every day. [inaudible] belongs in the
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classroom yes, you do know the answer to that question is yes, your opinions and ideas are valid. thank you again for having me today. black excellence is the truth that we belong in the ring and we can win in the first round. >>[applause] >> as the choir comes forward, let's also give a round of applause to landon mitchell his mother and father in the first row. mr. and mrs. vicki get let's give them a round of applause. >>[applause]
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