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Connecting the Dots for a Better World

Celebrating and Honoring Black History Month with a reblog of Lara/Trace’s posting of a Rethinking Schools Editorial.

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With Dr. Benjamin Spock (left) and Father Frederick Reed, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. demonstrated against the U.S. war in Vietnam, March 16, 1967, in New York City. (via Rethnking Schools)The 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom this past summer produced some brilliant commentary about the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. One of the sharpest of these was a short essay that Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, posted to her Facebook page. We want to quote at length from this essay because we think that it holds valuable—even essential—lessons for those of us working to defend and improve public schools.

Alexander urges us to look at King’s trajectory following the march:

Five years after the march, Dr. King was speaking out against the Vietnam War, condemning America’s militarism and…

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I made it this far and plan to keep going. I believe nature heals the soul. I love to journal, to write, do art, and music. I'm not afraid to tackle tough subjects. Solar-powered & drive hybrid. Trying to do my part. Earned my BA at 53. And, I believe, it's never too late to have a happy childhood.

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