Cathleen Marie Antoine: My people hail from the island of Ayiti (Haiti as y’all know it). I believe education is our birthright and our civil right. I am passionate about teaching, learning, being creative (I’m a glitter, glue and scissors enthusiast) and the future of our black and brown babies. Ayibobo!
I am a 15 year veteran of the classroom currently working as an educational consultant and community activist. I continue to work to build connections and collaborations with community and arts organizations that provide culturally relevant and empowering programming for our children and youth. In addition, I am an adjunct for Touro College in the Department Career and Applied Studies.
S. Khalilah Brann:
I am the daughter of two proud Antiguan parents. I am an educator. A writer. A lover of my people. A coach. A freedom fighter. One who listens to my ancestors. I am a black woman living a purpose driven life chasing authenticity.
Oh, my 9 to 5, I am an associate research scientist at New York University. I work in the Metropolitan Center for the Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools. We are an equity and social justice center. My area of focus is on the ways race, power and privilege affects teaching and learning. I work with schools across the country; public, private, parochial and charter, K-12. I support them in transforming their institutions into schools based on equity, culturally responsive and relevant education and on the decentering of whiteness as a school norm and standard.
What’s our story?
We were in the guidance suite, talking with one of the legends of the building. The three of us began to talk about what we believed would save the school and what we needed to do to support teachers. We talked for hours, we pontificated on who was at fault for the failure of our beloved school and who was responsible for the support and development of black teachers who were woke but unsupported. We decided to stop speaking about it and be about it. We then organized a meet up for “Culturally Responsive Educators of the African Diaspora.” We were clear that this was going to be a meeting of educators who considered themselves being “of the diaspora” and wanting to build community with other woke educators of the diaspora. From that meeting CREAD was spawned. We eventually decided we wanted to create an online following while providing teachers with resources and ideas to support them as they teach in this era of #blacklivesmatter and the consciousness rising of young people of the diaspora. As Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes sang in 1975;
Wake up all the teacher time to teach a new way
Maybe then they’ll listen to whatcha have to say
‘Cause they’re the ones who’s coming up and the world is in their hands
When you teach the children teach em the very best you can
We’re heeding the call. Our desire is to help support teachers as we usher in this new way of teaching, a way of teaching that is built on the foundation of positive racial identity development through education (PRIDE) for those of the African Diaspora.
Mission: to support teachers, educators and community members in ensuring the positive racial identity development through education of young people of the African Diaspora.
Vision: To strengthen our children and community with PRIDE based on the Sankofa principle.
We hope to serve our teachers, students and parents well.