The Rev. Jesse Jackson spoke at the Jackson Public School’s opening convocation earlier this week. I am a big admirer of the Rev., dating back to when my group of friends in high school starting calling ourselves “The Rainbow Coalition.” Anyways, he was truly inspiring. I felt privileged to be in the same room as him.
Rev. Jackson encouraged all the teachers of JPS to remember not to teach down to our students just because they are in poverty, just because they are black. He said to teach our students something bigger than their race, bigger than their culture. He said that we must somehow not only teach reading and writing but to teach them Character. Teach them to stop
“We are free but not equal.
We (teachers) are the equalizer.
Strong people break strong chains.”
Tomorrow is my first day teaching English at Lanier High School in Jackson, Mississippi. I am excited. I am nervous. I am ready. I know that my students can learn, they will learn, and they must learn.