Black Educators continue to struggle with making their voices heard to the general public despite the fact that the ideas, wisdom, and knowledge we possess could be the very thing to help public schools thrive. So, it's always nice when we're given a platform to add to discussions currently circulating within our field.
Luckily, as it becomes easier to create content and disseminate it to the masses, more and more Black owned media spaces are developed. One such platform are podcasts! If you're scratching your head, let me explain. According to the dictionary, podcasts are defined as "a digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or mobile device, typically available as a series, new installments of which can be received by subscribers automatically."
Podcasts are downloaded and listened to by millions of people every year and they can reach a far wider audience than many of the traditional news sites. So, when both Angela and Keziah were approached to do podcast interviews, they looked at it as a way to share their thoughts and ideas on education with the wider world. Angela recently discussed the public school system, abolitionist teaching, and what education looks like for Black and Brown students in Philadelphia and beyond. Keziah recently discussed Ramadan, what teachers and schools can expect and how to develop policies that create an inclusive and diverse environment for all students. You can listen to Angela's interview here here and Keziah's interview here.
In addition to podcasts, TED talks have also stormed onto the scene! These recorded speeches have also been viewed millions of times and have a global impact unmeasured by traditional media. Being asked to do a TED talk is a BIG deal and MEC's own Herman Douglas can now say he has one under his belt. He speaks about his deeply personal story to show how pain and a community can inspire purpose for others! Check out Herman's TED talk here or click the video below!