here’s an update to the case of Kelley Williams-Bolar, the woman in Ohio who was sent to jail for sending her kids to the "wrong" school district. Kelley’s case continues to get nation-wide support. We have partnered with change.org and colorofchange.org, who have collected nearly 200,000 signatures for a petition that is being sent to the governor of Ohio. The Ohio school system had been ruled unconstitutional by the state Supreme Court, but they never offered any mechanism of enforcement, which certainly confuses me. Hopefully, Kelley’s case can be used to help millions of people. You can read more of my thoughts by clicking here.
None of this would have been possible had it not been for readers of AOL Black Voices and the Your Black World Coalition pushing the story as far and wide as you possibly could. When I got the story in my inbox, it was still local. But after I sent it out to you guys and the readers on AOL Black Voices, the world joined in the fight. Of course none of us can do this alone, but by working together, we can change the world.
One point that must be made clear is that my attention on Kelley’s case was not meant to disrespect the hundreds of other cases that have come to my email inbox. To be honest, I am just a man trying to make a difference and it’s impossible for me to help everyone that sends something to me (remember there are those at Syracuse University who’ve been working to fire me for being a radical black man). This kind of work takes a lot of money and time, so while I want to develop the infrastructure to do even more, the truth is that I was only able to really work on Kelley’s case because it had the ability to affect millions of people by changing the inequality in the school system. If anyone has ideas on how we can raise money to do this kind of thing full-time, please feel free to share your thoughts.
Sunday, Kelley and I were on the radio with Rev. Jesse Jackson and his son, Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. Congressman Jackson is proposing an amendment to the US Constitution guaranteeing all children access to an equal and high quality education. Also, Rev. Sharpton and I are planning to rally in Akron early next week (I’ll keep giving details on my blog as they emerge). This case is bigger than one person – we must make sure that the impact is both national and permanent.
Until we speak again, stay strong and be blessed.
Dr. Boyce Watkins
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1) Would her kids have been allowed in that school if they’d been two 6’5”, 220-lb basketball players? I’m sure they would have made an exception.
2) Its interesting that the judge wanted to send her to jail for her crime, but there are Wall Street execs who got less time for stealing millions.
The interview is here if you want to listen.
In my Lauryn hill voice, “The sweetest thing I’ve ever known is like the kiss on the collar bone”. Yea, it use to be sweet; that feeling of new love. You know, when your body tingles at his touch, and your heart beats fast from his texts. (I remember the day)
How could the person you once loved so dearly, become a stranger to your pupil. The touch changes and your heart becomes heavy from his text, when it use to beat fast!
“Letting Go is so hard”, even when you’re left with nothing to hold on to. I don’t know why, but we hold on, and we hold on so tight to non-existing situations.
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