It bothers me that:- When I look for fellow Black Men (especially Caribbeans) to have this conversation with, we are so small in number that its hard to find, or connect us all. I know there are similarities for Black Women.- We very often go through our careers in education in isolation from others and (feel as though we must) maintain a unflappable exterior, often having nowhere to show vulnerability.- In having to be so publicly strong, it translates to not seeking out others who have walked the walk and for some of those who make disassociating themselves from their Blackness in public spaces. Therefore there is no template, or road map to turn to when at career crossroad.- CPD can often too spread apart, self promoting or lacking in solutions for the costs incurred.
*The list is not exhaustive.
In coming across great people, knowing they don't come across each other as often (if ever), there is a need for a place to connect and discuss what it means to navigate education as Black people in a safe space.
Its hoped that bringing the voices of different Black people in education to one place will serve as a resource of inspiration and mobilisation.