The Hidden Magic In Children of Color
by William Jackson,
Blogger and Professor
Breyonna Fox, Intern with My Quest To Teach
Inspired by the movie Hidden Figures and the book
by Margot Lee Shetterly
How many girls of color are super smart in mathematics,
how many want to be engineers, how many girls of color
want to be doctors and lawyers, scientists and pilots?
How many want to be veterinarians and writers like
Breyonna Fox a sophomore attending High School in
Jacksonville, Florida, she is interning with My Quest
To Teach writing blogs that are read nationally.
Taylor Richardson of Bolles Middle School, her dreams to be an
astronaut traveling to Mars and exploring the Red Planet, there
are more girls that want to follow her and increase their reading
literacy. How many want to be like Angie Nixon's daughter Natalie
creating a national following with
“The Adventures of a Moxie McGriff”
How many boys of color love to read and how many enjoy building
with Legos and other materials that could make them the next
architects and designers of our national infrastructure for roads and
buildings. Young men like Elisha Taylor an 8th grade students that
loves robotics, reading and has spoken at conferences;
TEDxFSCJ and attending WordCamps and EdCamps in Florida
Young men such as Jon Gregory of Edward Waters College studying
to be an elementary education teacher working with TEAM UP in
Jacksonville, Florida. He has spoken at EdCamp NASBE and
attended WordPress and WordCamp events. One of the first to
speak at the Edward Waters “TIGER TALKS Experience.”
Each of these dynamic and success driven visionaries are embracing
their talents as smart creatives and innovators for the future. How
many boys and girls of color will be able to design future space ships
that will take astronauts beyond Mars and to the stars? These are
dreams that many do have. There is Hidden Magic in children of
color and culture that needs to be cultivated and encouraged.
The movie Hidden Figures has sparked a renewed interest in the
need for girls and women to enter into #STEM careers, it is a call
for boys and men also to get involved in #STEM and #STEAM that
allows the imagination to know no limitations. Girls and women
shatter glass ceilings, boys and men demolishing walls that keep
them out of innovative and historic careers with tech.
There was a time as seen in the movie Hidden Figures where Black
girls and boys were honored as scholars and intellectuals, what
has happened in the 21st century?
There are too many that are scared to read books in public,
too many being bullied because they love math and science.
The question WHY is a question that needs to be answered!!
Not just in schools, but in homes where parents are the first educators.
How can kids bring guns to school, but struggle to bring books
to and from school and parent not be aware?
Why are our Black girls and boys that can be honor students
scared to be academically successful? What has happened
since the days when Blacks had to secretly learn how to read
using the Bible that was hidden away. That was a "hidden
treasure" because it was the tool that Blacks used to start the
educational process that even continues today.
HBCUs had to struggle to teach not because of money, but
because society did not think Blacks were smart enough to be
anything other than field workers, hired hands and property.
These stories are not science fiction, but science fact how
Blacks have influenced a time in national history.
"If Not for Them" there may have not been a journey to the moon
or if there had been, it may have cost more human lives. Look at
the facts that Blacks helped put a man in space, Blacks helped
put a man on the moon and Blacks continue to do this.
HBCUs have contributed to thousands of #HiddenFigures
that are still unknown and their contributions are historical in
the benefits we enjoy today. Parents and teachers need to
work together to create cultures of learning for the betterment
of our cultures and society. It is because of the diversity that
America has that is why this nation is still the best place in
the world to live because we enjoy freedoms that our
constitution allows for everyone. The embracing of diversity
brings a strength and value to our educational systems,
industry, commerce, research and development.
America is strong because of the diversity of cultures and
minds. Black do have opportunities and they must be prepared
for new growth in new careers.