The historical figure that inspires me the most is Sarah Stevenson.
Sarah was a leader in Charlotte, North Carolina’s school desegregation effort in the 1970s. She went on to become the first Black woman elected to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board in 1980, and she was a founder of the Tuesday Morning Breakfast Forum in Charlotte (The Forum is THE place to be to learn “information of importance to the African American community in particular and the rest of Charlotte in general”). Sarah has been an active advocate for parent engagement in their children’s education and professional development opportunities for teachers for decades.
Now 95 years old, Sarah is known as a caring, compassionate, and inclusive person. She is gracious, but firm, and she knows how to bring people to the table to work collaboratively to pursue equity in education. She has dedicated her life to equality, justice, and making things better for all children in our community and she inspires us to do the same.
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