I was in my 2nd year as the dean of students, jogging towards the cafeteria.

I was racing to catch students before the lunch hour ended. And I was confident I would get my questions answered.

But that’s not how it worked out.

I ended up very disappointed. Filled with frustration, I walked back to my office and closed the door.

I guess I lost that excitement. But it was a courageous effort.

You see…

I went from table to table asking students what black history leaders they wanted to focus on for Black History Month. Each time, I only got two names: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks.

They didn’t know or couldn’t recall anyone else.

And if you’ve made it this far, you’re probably wondering why I’m telling you this.

Well…

This is the story of how I begin helping purpose-driven individuals like you become champions for equity and inclusion in the classroom and beyond.

The history of black people in the United States has been and continues to be hidden and kept secret. I am an activist for creating awareness of the historical impact of race on people of color.

If I could convince high school students, to see the beauty in gaining advanced knowledge in history and culture —

I can probably convince you to begin seeing the parts of history that have been suppressed and to use this knowledge to increase your level of awareness.

To learn more about what I do, watch us on Tennessee Crossroads below.