Showing posts from February, 2018

HuHijab Fest: Black Excellence Personified

From Huhijab Fest's Instagram Page So, HuHijab Fest happened last weekend and it was Black Muslim Magic + Excellence personified. Dr. Khadijah Ismael Miss Muslimah USA & Asmaa National American Miss Howard MSA and Sister Nisa really put together a great event, even after having to change locations with only 2 weeks left on the clock. Not only was I able to get a room for less than $120 dollars in the heart of Washington D.C. in the same hotel as the event, but they also had parking for $30! The best part is after checking out, technically, my friend Adrienne and I could have left the car there until 3:00pm while we took in the sites and grabbed a bite to eat. Unfortunately, we had to get back to Philly in a reasonable hour to prepare for work to the next day. Having Some Fun...Don't Judge Us Upon arriving to the hotel Saturday morning, we were able to check in early, put our bags in our rooms and catch some of the morning workshops. I particularl

Black Lives Matter in Schools: Building Solidarity Across Cultures and Races

The question some educators always seem to ask when confronted with a Black Lives Matter week in schools is why? Why should we only focus on one race of people? Why should we only focus on Black Lives? My response to that question is always the following: focusing on Black Lives automatically highlights the struggles of other cultures and races of people. Discussing Black Lives and why they should matter in school and in society touches on the history of every other immigrant student within the class. Discussing Black Lives also helps to educate non-children of color on their history, how it connects to modern systems of oppression created by White Supremacy and Colonialism, and provides avenues on how to move forward collectively. Me Participating in Black Lives Matter in Schools 2017 I teach at one of the most diverse high schools in Philadelphia. In my World History classes, I easily have over 7 - 8 languages represented out of the 28 to 32 students within the classroom

Black History Month Turn Up

It's February 1, 2018 and that means my favorite month of the year has arrived. Now...listen...I'm a teacher...and not the perky type in the mornings and sometimes I walk through the halls like I'm hanging on by a prayer and a thread.  Well, I had an extra bounce in my step and a jingle in my voice. Each period, as the kids walked in, I began belting out "Lift Every Voice and Sing" and had them sing along. Some of the kids were very confused...others were like...ohhhh missssss....I didn't know that was the Black National Anthem. Most importantly, I switched up the Do Nows for the month to focus on figures, places, and events pertaining to the Diaspora. In addition, I plan on also using this time to further explain and expose my students to other peoples of color and their history. It's important that all students see themselves within their classroom!  Of course, what they're learning in school can have even more of an impact