I recorded this episode on March 30th 2020, about two weeks into shelter in place due to Covid-19 and nearly two months before the death of George Floyd.
I mention the date of this recording in relation to the events to which it preceded and proceeded not to capitalize on the sensational aspects of what is happening today this June 11, 2020, as the streets flood with folks fighting for a voice, a justice, and a liberty they have long been entitled to.
As a white woman, and one troubled as much by the manufacturing of the racial binary as I am by those who wish to ignore it, I am always uncomfortable speaking on behalf of a community and a legacy that I believe has always and will always be more than capable of speaking for itself. So today, I offer you the voice and wisdom of Dr. Anthony Muhammad.
Dr. Muhammad is an educational leader with over 30 years of experience. He spent 19 of those years serving in schools in the Detroit area. His tenure earned him a number of awards both as a teacher and a principal. Dr. Muhammad is both a wonderful author and a highly sought after educational consultant. He is the CEO of New Frontier 21 Consulting, a company dedicated to supporting cutting-edge professional development for teachers and leaders around the world.
His books include: The Will to Lead and the Skill to Teach; Transforming Schools at Every Level (2011); Transforming School Culture: How to Overcome Staff Division (2009); Overcoming the Achievement Gap Trap: Liberating Mindsets to Effect Change (Reduce Inequality in Education and Examine the School’s Roles in Superiority and Victim Mindsets) (2015).
In this episode, Dr. Muhammad honored me, the educational practice, and the world with his time, voice, and wisdom in relationship to instructional leadership, school cultures, equity, transformational mindsets, and what true courageousness involves.
So I release this conversation into the present moment, but I do so wanting to emphasize that the wisdom shared by Dr. Muhammad cannot, nor should there be an attempt for it to be contained to a matter of minutes, months, or even years. The fight for liberation is long and to do it justice all it’s beautiful and painful clambering should continue at whatever volume it chooses until it’s will is fully heard and finally met.
Again, I have heaping gratitude for your hearing minds and open hearts.
In justice and harmony, I bring you: Dr. Anthony Muhammad.
Please find Dr. Muhammad via his website: http://newfrontier21.com/consulting/anthony/
*I changed all my business media images to black and white in solidarity with the black lives matter movement during the month of June and until justice has been achieved.