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Kelly Wickham Hurst is the founder of Being Black at School. Being Black at School is a national nonprofit advocacy organization focused on addressing the complexities of being a Black student in the American education system. Their mission is to utilize data and policy analysis to foster a movement for schools that are safer and more equitable for Black students.
After spending 23 years in the public education system as a teacher, literacy coach, guidance dean, and assistant principal, Kelly witnessing first-hand how the system helped white students thrive while continuing to marginalize Black students. So, Kelly left the education system and started Being Black at School.
In order to achieve an equitable and inclusive education system we must identify, address, and eliminate the biases and barriers that cripple our students’ cognitive and social development.
Kelly and her organization are in need of a desktop computer for data that will soon be missing from the Office of Civil Rights. Their fear is that they will fail to collect the data in the future and be denied access from vital records since the nominee for Secretary of Education will be dismantling or heavily reducing that office.
They cannot do their work without it and equity for Black children is at stake.