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Celebrating Black Leadership

This Black History Month, we focus on the history & contributions of the Black community – and the legacy of oppression that persists in systems & hearts. We reflect on the ways we lift up, make room, and celebrate Black leaders.

Leadership for Educational Equity wants to particularly highlight Black leaders making impact in all halls of power, as community organizers, policy & advocacy professionals, and elected leaders.

Stay tuned to this space throughout the month as we link to op-eds, podcasts, and more!



LEE’s Statement & Commitment to Black Lives

This must change.

An Open Letter to My Ancestors on Juneteenth by Ateira Griffin

"I wish I could say your struggle was the last."

Ask a Leader with Megan Boler Bellamy

LEE’s Senior Director of Elected Leadership, Megan Boler Bellamy, discusses the transformative power of Black political leadership and goes in-depth on the importance of building diverse pipelines of civic and political leaders with KUCI 88.9 FM.

A Reflection on Black History Month by Johnny Capers

LEE's Senior Finance Director, Johnny Capers, shares a reflective piece for Black History Month.

Listen to The Leaders’ Table Podcast with...

Everton Blair: Being a First to Serve

In a historic 2018 win, Everton Blair became the first person of color, the first openly LGBTQ+ candidate, and youngest-ever individual to serve on the Gwinnett County Board of Education. If that weren’t already incredible, in January 2021 Everton was elected chair of the Gwinnett school board.

Wes Bellamy: Community, Service, & Healing

Fueled by his passion for community, Dr. Wes Bellamy became the youngest-ever individual to be elected to the Charlottesville City Council in 2015. He brought equity-minded leadership during the time Charlottesville drew national attention in the conversation about public space and racial reconciliation.

Dr. John B. King: Importance of Second Chances

From dropping out of high school in NYC, to teaching at them in Puerto Rico, to serving as U.S. Secretary of Education in 2016, Dr. John B. King speaks from a wealth of experiences and service… It’s from all of these experiences that he learned the value of second chances, student & educator support, self-care, and national leadership on the issues facing educational success.

You can also listen to our special episode with him, A Leadership Salon with Dr. John B. King Jr., where he joined LEE’s final virtual forum of 2020 for a special conversation surrounding the state of the nation’s education system on the brink of political change. Featuring questions from LEE members, Dr. King offered inspiring ideas for moving forward with a new presidential administration and a vision for the future - focused on equity, technology, and leadership.

Yolanda Caraway: Dining with Presidents

Over three decades, Caraway has played a major behind-the-scenes role in shaping national politics. Caraway’s impact has been felt from the operations of national political conventions to hosting intimate dinners between Black female leaders and every major candidate for the Democratic Party's presidential nominees since 1994. Caraway tells the story and offers a blueprint to Black women in the NAACP Image Award-winning book she co-authored, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics.

Rev. Leah Daughtry: Organizing a Political Party

From neighborhood pulpits to national conventions, Reverend Leah Daughtry is a multifaceted leader with expertise in organizing communities. With innumerable contributions to the Democratic platform on her resume, Rev. Daughtry is also the co-author of the NAACP Image Award-winning book For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics.

...and much more, coming soon!