At David T. Howard Middle School, we honor our past, create new legacies, and strive for the bright future in each of our students. While a global pandemic has scattered students and staff to their homes for learning in a digital environment, our community has also been rocked by the deaths of black people at the hands of the police and by continuing protests and demands for equity, inclusion, and systemic antiracist practices. Under these circumstances, as we return to learning in the fall, we have a unique “year of opportunity” to encourage our students to Rise Up for Antiracism as part of a school community-wide reading of Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Dr. Ibram X Kendi. Stamped is the ideal book to further our students’ critical reading skills and social and emotional empowerment within the current moment. As Jessica Agudelo notes in her Booklist review, “[r]eaders will undoubtedly experience a mixture of feelings after finishing this book, but the encouragement to emerge as critical thinkers who can decipher coded language and harmful imagery stemming from racist ideas, which still linger in modern society and popular culture, will be the most empowering result.”
We are looking for partners to sponsor the approximately $18,200 cost of providing a copy of Stamped to each student and staff member. Contributions may be made through the David T. Howard Middle School PTO. Checks (payable to D. T. Howard Middle School PTO) may be sent to: 551 John Wesley Dobbs Avenue, NE, Atlanta, GA 30312. Click the Donate button on the right to contribute! For more information about how you can support this effort, please contact Sherry V. Neal.