The best part for me was listening to everybody that testified, including several of our students and faculty. The students that went forward were all in Education Policy and Planning, including Masters students Chase Moore, Chloe White, Angeles DeSantos Quezada, Julieta Rico, and doctoral students Eliza Epstein and Chloe Sikes.
Chloe even appeared in the Texas Tribune this evening in a story titled, "Texas education board likely to approve African American studies course in 2020." Way to go, Chloe!
|Student Chloe White testifies in support of the addition of an African American studies course before the State Board of Education. Eddie Gaspar/The Texas Tribune|
Aside from myself, UT faculty consisted of Drs. Keffrelyn Brown, Anthony Brown, Daina Ramey Berry, and Kevin Cokely. Former UT Staff member Philemon Brown, as well as Former UT Mexican American Studies Lecturer Virginia Raymond testified, as well as recent UT graduate, Dr. Macario Hernandez, Principal of national, award-winning Trini Garza High School in Dallas, Texas.
|Dallas ISD High School Students|
So 14 of us out of a guesstimate of 58 people or so that testified means that roughly 20 percent of us who went up to the podium to speak were from UT, many of whom are students. Among these, this was their very first time to deliver testimony. And they all spoke so very powerfully and eloquently. It so fed my soul. I'm happy to share some of what was shared here.
The SBOE will vote on the TEKS standards to this course in their January meeting with Native American Studies coming next out of the gate.
Despite the hatred and violence that we are witnessing in many of our schools and society, we can rest assured that this next generation will keep democracy and hope alive.