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2018 Black History Month Edition

Readers, Please enjoy the Black History Edition of our Envision Equity newsletter. This edition celebrates and recognizes black woman that have shaped and molded our world into a better place. As a reader, you will have access to photos from events that embody the purpose of this newsletter. We hope you enjoy, share, and contribute to the newsletter. Lastly, remember to Envision Equity.

ENVISION EQUITY FEBRUARY

ENVISION EQUITY FEBRUARY 2018 I Am Honored to Be the First African- American Chairwoman of Jefferson County Board of Education By Diane Porter—Jefferson County Board of Education Above, Diane Porter offers words of encouragement to a graduate of the Poetry & Prose program at the Academy of Music Production, Education and Development (AMPED) I t is an honor to be elected by my colleagues to be the first African-American chairwoman of Jefferson County Board of Education (JCBE). I cannot and will not take acclaim for this accomplishment without recognizing the greatness of so many African-American women who were, are, and will be influential to the progress of America and to public education. I would be foolish to believe that I got here on my own. I would like to thank the African- American women who served on this Board before me—Dr. Joyce Howell and Mrs. Ann Elmore. They made my service to education possible. I will not ignore the mighty past of African-American women. Harriet Tubman told us it's time to go. Sojourner Truth told us we can do anything a man can do. Their messages and their heroism still have validity today. It is time to move past the way we do certain things. It is time for my colleagues, allies, and me to move more of the masses across the Bios obtained from www.Biography.com 2

achievement line and into a zone of educational freedom, one that allows students and families to thrive, not survive. I do not pretend that this position is anything close to what Harriet was put on this earth to do. However, I recognize that this position is set to make change and be a part of leading that requires knowledge, bravery, and the ability to challenge. Were it not for Harriet and many others demanding change, I may not be here. In short, many are counting on Jefferson Above, Diane Porter visits the AMPED program. County Public Schools (JCPS) not to maintain, but to move forward. What does moving forward look like? The answer is simple. All students get what they need in Above, Diane Porter, poses with students and faculty at King Elementary School during the closing ceremony at the Literacy & Photography program. order to succeed. All staff, certified and classified, get what they need so that they can help students become successful. Mary McCleod Bethune said, "Invest in the human soul. Who knows, it might be a diamond in the rough.” Ms. Bethune was a philanthropist and civil rights activist, noted for starting a private school for African Americans that later continued to develop as Bethune-Cookman University. Her dedication to education and her willingness to challenge and demand change reached my own family. My daughter graduated from this university, as have many others. The vision of the university was our children must never lose their zeal for