Who do we (those of us with some power) forget when we talk about history, public policy, and what it means to be human? Which children do we nurture? Which do we shun?
Black History Month honors the forces and flows that shape a people and our nation. Coties Perry and Spoon Jackson -- along with Elmo Chattman, Smokey Norvell, and so many more former students -- are part of black history. Not only as representatives of statistics about black men in prison, but also as individuals with particular human experiences -- the child each was, he adult he's become.
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Thanks to Gina Misiroglu of RedRoom for inviting me to write this piece. Thanks, Gina, for bringing traffic to Red Room and notice to the site's authors.