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Guest Post by Melody McAllister

“What happens after FEb. 28? Do we go back to what we were doing? That’s not equity. We have to do better about recognizing people every, single day,” says Dr. Basil Marin when Rachelle Dene Poth and I spoke with him on our Monday LIVE last week, the first day of Black History Month. 

Chisel v. Sledgehammer

“It takes a chisel not a sledgehammer to get people to change,” answered Dr. Basil Marin, and he continued that when people leave the room with him, they leave with more questions and more things to reflect upon, and he wasn’t kidding. After talking with him last week, I was definitely reflecting more on my role as a disrupter and wondering if my approach was too much of a sledgehammer?

Our courageous conversation was amazing! As Dr. Basil was challenging us to move beyond the “Famous Five” African Americans that are normally taught for Black History Month, educators started dropping resources! I want to share some of them with you in hopes that we can go beyond the month of February when celebrating the achievements of our fellow Black Americans. 

Move Beyond the Famous Five:

Resource dropped by Barbara Gruener:

20 Black  Americans Who Changed the World by Ashley Ziegler

Copy of Black History Month Choice Board by Dr. Torrey Trust

Books for Students by Authors of Color

Podcast “Seeing White” Dropped by Desmond Hasty

There is so much about Black History that I do not know. Often times, I am learning right along with my children and students and I am always amazed. How will you keep celebrating the contributions of Black Americans after February? What are some resources you would like to share? Please share with us! If you are an educator who loves learning more about disuptors and changemakers in education, we invite you to join our THRIVEinEDU Community on FB!

About the Author

Melody McAllister is a wife, mother of five, educator, and author. She and her family relocated to Alaska from the Dallas area in 2019.  McAllister is 2017 Garland NAACP Educator of the Year and author of the I’m Sorry Story, a children’s book about taking responsibility for mistakes and making sincere apologies.  She is also the Logistics Manager for EduMatch Publishing.  McAllister has spoken at ISTE and ASTE about equity issues in education, and writes about her journey in her blog, HeGaveMeAMelody.com.

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