Teacher’s powerful slavery lesson for Black History Month goes viral

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A sixth-grade math teacher in Mississippi decorated her classroom door to educate kids about slavery during Black History Month. (Photo: Jovan Bradshaw via Facebook)

A sixth-grade teacher took Black History Month to the next level with a door-size letter to her students about slavery.

Math teacher Jovan Bradshaw of Magnolia Middle School in Moss Point, Miss., covered her classroom door with bright yellow paper and a message (which she attributed to poet and author the Rev. Nadine Drayton-Keen): “Dear Students, they didn’t steal slaves. They stole scientists, doctors, architects, teachers, entrepreneurs, astronomers, fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, etc., and made them slaves. Sincerely, your ancestors.”

The teacher’s Facebook photo went viral, with 14K reactions and 103K shares. “Stay dropping knowledge,” she wrote. 

“It all started with this little boy in my class. We were talking and he said, ‘Slaves didn’t do much because they couldn’t read or write.’ He kinda caught me off guard,’ Bradshaw said. “I said, ‘Baby, if I snatched you up and dropped you off in China or Germany or Africa even, you wouldn’t be able to read and write their language either. Does that make you useless or any less educated?’”

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