Sheila and Clovetta Mack, Teachers & Color Of Change members from Oakland, California.
“Being a teacher is most rewarding because I can make a difference in young children’s success for their futures. The pandemic has allowed me to be the voice for students and for parents. I continue to educate students on a daily basis in a variety of school districts. All of them have individualized lesson plans around the areas of their need. My expectations for them are the same as if I were in the classroom physically with them. Black students should have the assurance that they can feel safe at school like everybody else and that they can be able to thrive academically.” – Sheila Mack
“I started a petition with Color Of Change to fight for reparations for Black Students in Oakland where the school to prison pipeline is prominent. If they did away with the police department and used the extra money towards students it would make amends to some of the hardships and make a better environment for Black boys and Black children in the Oakland public schools. How can our children compete without computers? How can they compete without access to the Internet? In a pandemic, where does it leave our families?” – Clovetta Mack