Roland Martin, award-winning journalist and commentator, gave a rousing speech at the President and Educational Scholarship Banquet on June 19. Drawing inspiration from the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” Martin addressed the current state of education in our country and its negative impact on African-American youth.
He reminded the audience that next year the country will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision, but the African-American community is still battling many of the same problems faced by the courageous youth and their families who desegregated public education.
“We are still waiting on a system to change when it comes to educating our children,” he said. “How is it that we are still waiting on a system that never wanted to educate us in the first place?”
The next generation of African-American and Hispanic youth will not be equipped to take advantage of two-thirds of available jobs, he said. He said that at the root of the problem are “sorry teachers, administrators, school boards, politicians and even parents” who need to be called out.
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