Wanted: Teachers of color

todayApril 19, 2022

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ICYMI: Here’s a roundup of the biggest topics of conversation last week on WURD Radio.

The Need for Teachers of Color: Bobby Morgan is founder and principal consultant of Liberation Lab, an educational consulting firm that focuses on diversity, equity and inclusion. He joined Wake Up With WURD to talk about the importance of Black and Brown students being educated by teachers who look like them.

Black Homeownership: Lydia Pope, president of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers, which recently produced a report on the state of housing in Black America, discussed Black homeownership and limitations the community faces.

Black Maternal Health: Saleemah McNeil is a reproductive psychotherapist, certified lactation consultant, birth doula and founder/CEO of Oshun Family Center. She discussed Black Maternal Health Week and disparities Black mothers face.

Racism in Education: University of California Riverside professor Rita Kohli spoke with Reality Check’s Charles Ellison about her recent paper on racism in teacher education. https://soundcloud.com/onwurd/reality-check-41222-rita-kohli 

‘The Southernization of America’: Pulitzer Prize winner Cynthia Tucker and award-winning author Frye Gaillard discussed their new book, a series of essays exploring the role of the South in America’s current political and cultural climate. https://soundcloud.com/onwurd/reality-check-41322-cynthia-tucker-and-frye-gaillard 

Autism Awareness: Areva Martin is founder of Martin & Martin, LLP, one of Los Angeles’ top African American female-owned law firms. She also is the mother of a special needs child and an “everyday advocate” who works with underserved communities and marginalized people with disabilities. She joined Charles to discuss April being Autism Acceptance Month. https://soundcloud.com/onwurd/reality-check-41122-areva-martin 

Mental Health in Schools: Dr. Naomi Johnson Booker, CEO of the Global Leadership Academy Charter School, joined The Source host Andrea Lawful Sanders to talk about how the pandemic has impacted student and faculty mental health, and how school leaders are trying to offer support. https://soundcloud.com/onwurd/the-source-w-andrea-lawful-sanders-452022-dr-naomi-johnson-booker 

‘A Legacy to Share’: Black Drexel University alums, spanning over 50 years, agreed to share their life experiences before, during and after attending Drexel for a new book titled “A Legacy to Share.” Jabari Jones, Curtis Reid and Warren E. Merrick joined The Source to talk about the book. https://soundcloud.com/onwurd/the-source-w-andrea-lawful-sanders-472022-jabari-jones-curtis-reid-chief-ancientfuture-mp3 

Ties Between Black and Israeli Communities: Dr. Yvonne Chireau, professor of religion at Swarthmore College, discussed the kerfuffle between GEICO and activist Linda Sarsour over allegations of anti-Semitism and spoke about the “uneasy connection” between the African American and Israeli communities. Jacob Bender, executive director of CAIR Philadelphia, also joined the show to discuss the situation.



A Blended Heritage: Madeline Sayet, an American director, writer and performer, shared her industry experiences in telling stories that reflect both her Indigenous and Jewish heritage. https://soundcloud.com/onwurd/evening-wurds-41122-madeline-sayet 

Black Love: Nisa Muhammad, executive director of Wedded Bliss Foundation and assistant dean for religious life at Howard University, discussed the decline of Black marriage. https://soundcloud.com/onwurd/evening-wurds-4722-nisa-muhammad 

Religion: Bishop Dwayne Royster talked about the upcoming Holy Week for Christians and Jews. 


‘The Food Griot’: Savory & Sweet host Tonya Hopkins joined CrossWURDz to discuss a new segment, “Beulah’s Day Off,” why the title fits and what it means to be a food historian. https://soundcloud.com/onwurd/crosswurdz-41222-tonya-hopkins 

A Knack for Words: Danae talked with poet Mel Chante about her passion for poetry and how she got started. https://soundcloud.com/onwurd/crosswurdz-41122-mel-chante 

Welcome to the Metaverse: Bianca Jackson explained how the Metaverse operates, how money fits into the Metaverse and its opportunities for small business owners. https://soundcloud.com/onwurd/crosswurdz-41122-bianca-jackson 

Solutions: Host Amadee Braxton spoke with Bill Fletcher, trade unionist and former president of Trans Africa Forum, on the recent formation of the Amazon Labor Union, the significance of the union being organized by four young, Black men and what it will take for this new union to ultimately succeed.



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