Hear from Shaquite Pegues, Director of Ella Baker Leadership Development, CDF Freedom Schools:
I’ve been entrenched in the Freedom Schools way for over 20 years, having first been a scholar at the CDF Freedom Schools site in Bennettsville, SC. Many of my family members served as teachers and servant leader interns within the program, so the Freedom Schools way quickly became a norm. While attending the program, I fell in love with the energy, the books, the activities, the interns, the encouragement, and so much more. Through Freedom Schools, I gained a love of reading, I strengthened my leadership and public speaking skills, and I solidified the desire to pursue a career in education.
Freedom Schools has played an integral part in every aspect of my life. I will be forever indebted to CDF and the CDF Freedom Schools program for growth and endless opportunities.
I am now the Director of Ella Baker Leadership Development for the CDF Freedom Schools program. I joined the national CDF Freedom Schools staff in 2008, after serving as a junior servant leader, Servant Leader Intern, Ella Baker Trainer, Site Coordinator, and Project Director.
I am a native of Bennettsville, SC, and I oversee the local CDF Freedom Schools summer and afterschool programs there while also practicing the lessons of servant leadership in many other ways. I earned a bachelor’s degree from Spelman College and a master’s degree from Nova Southeastern University. I have received a number of awards and recognitions over the years, but none greater than the honor of working with the Children’s Defense Fund to level the playing field for children.