El-Mekki: Black Folks, Stop Chasing White Integration. It’s Not the Surest Path to Black Student Achievement

Posted on 5/16/2019 3:52:55 PM

“I didn’t go to an “integrated school” until I was a 16-year-old freshman at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. And once I got there, I didn’t feel like I had missed a damn thing by attending Nidhamu Sasa (a pan-African elementary school) or Overbrook High School, where there was one white student among thousands of black ones. ... Sharif El-Mekki is the principal of Mastery Charter School–Shoemaker Campus, a neighborhood public charter school in Philadelphia that serves 750 students in grades 7-12. ”

—“El-Mekki: Black Folks, Stop Chasing White Integration. It’s Not the Surest Path to Black Student Achievement,”
The 74, May 14, 2019