They Deserve a Dream: A Reflection

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by Dr. Bianca Jones
Principal, Rocketship Nashville Northeast Elementary 
Editor’s Note: Dr. Jones originally wrote this piece as part of Rocketship’s weekly Thursday Reflection, in which selected staff reflect on their practice and current topics and share with the larger Rocketship staff. All names were changed to protect confidentiality. We’re reprinting these inspirational words in celebration of Black History Month.

One Day When the Glory Comes

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by Christa Thomas
Principal, Rocketship Nashville Northeast Elementary

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…Trayvon Martin. We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal… Tamir Rice. We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal…Jordan Davis. …Michael Brown. …Sandra Bland. …LaQuan McDonald

Trayvon, Tamir, Jordan, Mike, Sandra and LaQuan were not Rocketeers – but they could have been. Each day in our schools, we engage in deep, passionate work as educators to advance the life trajectories of students of color who live in zip codes that are still not deemed “equal” in the eyes of society. We absorb heartbreaking stories of life trials that our families face each day and yet continue to strive toward greatness for our Rocketeers and their families. So, how do we do it? How do we enter schools and office buildings each day with the stain of Trayvon, Tamir, Jordan, and so many more imprinted on our hearts? We follow the legacy and leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – that’s how.
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