Some people saw my last post about being laid off and thought that I might be sad or in a bad situation. But that was not my point at all for sharing. It was more so about who I worked for. Over last six or seven months attending Dayton Public Schools-school board meetings I’ve heard school board members say this that and the other about how they feel about ECOT and wish somebody would tell them why parents send their children to this school.
And I would just laugh to myself because I was an Orientation Liaison at the time which meant that all of the parents that were leaving Dayton public schools came to me for an orientation once their child was enrolled in ECOT. It was me that asked each of them, “what brings you to ECOT”? A yes I’ve heard some pretty interesting answers, probably around 300 of em’.
Fortunately for me, my family has made a unique amount of sacrifice to engage in what some will call the fight for social justice or human rights. My wife made an enormous sacrifice to quit her state job to run her own social justice organization, Racial Justice NOW!.
She has traveled all over the country for the last few years, attending conferences, sitting on panels, going to other activists events, doing days at the capital etc.
I was able to hold it together at home with our children and maintain a local front with RJN! and the West Dayton Youth Task Force. Our work has been in education but in broader context, Black Liberation.
This past February my wife (Zakiya Sankara-Jabar) transitioned to the position of National Field Organizer for the Dignity in Schools Campaign. It was then that I became Interim Director of RJN!. Not only did my wife leave RJN! in a strong position to make a difference in our community, but additionally as a funded organization that is able to operate with a budget. This transition from ECOT is a blessing and a time of joy for me and my family. So don’t feel sorry for me. In the field of education there is plenty of work to do.