Brown v. Board of Education’s landmark Supreme Court decision in 1954 promised to integrate schools and established that racial segregation was unconstitutional. After this decision, approximately 38,000 Black teachers in the South were fired.
The gap of Black role models in American classrooms continued to widen for future generations of students. Lemonada Media’s “After 1954” shares the uplifting impact Black educators have on Black students’ lives and how future generations can lend support to help children achieve their goals and thrive.
Educator and nonprofit leader Aimée Eubanks Davis hosts this 5-part series. Start from episode 1 to hear the history in chronological order. Throughout the series, hear empowering conversations with Black students, administrators, and educators who changed each others’ lives.
Episode 1 spotlights the robust history of Black education and introduces Professor Michele Foster’s research. She was known for interviewing Black teachers in the classroom throughout the 1950s. Hear Prof. Foster’s conversation with her former PhD student, Tryphenia Peele Eady.
On episode 2, Pregnant Girl’s author Nicole Lynn Lewis shared about attending the College of William & Mary in the 1990s while mothering her newborn. Nicole befriended her financial aid counselor, Tammy Currie, and they were reunited on the podcast. They discussed how financial aid support singlehandedly enabled Nicole to feed her family and shared how colleges can support the population of students like Nicole.
Jason Brooks shared his experience going “from the hood to Hogwarts.” As a kid, Jason left Watts in South L.A. to board at an all-boys school. He encountered racism and did not have any guidance from adults. This inspired him to teach and lend support to kids going through what he experienced. Jason remembered his teenage years and spoke with his mentor Troy Kemp about teaching Black boys.
Tune in over the next few weeks for new episodes of “After 1954,” released in 5 parts.