Do you remember playing with your hair in class?
Lamya Cammon was only seven years old when her teacher cut off her braid for doing just that.
Unfortunately, her situation is not unique. Black girls of all ages are being unfairly disciplined in school. They are punished for wearing African head wraps or braids at a soccer game or even for reporting instances of sexual assault. We see more and more of these examples each day, and they all tell us the same thing: we are failing to support and protect Black girls in school.
Today we are releasing Let Her Learn, a video designed to shine a light on the stereotypes and biases affecting Black girls in school. Let Her Learn is a rallying cry, a chance for you to join us in the movement to end school pushout. But for this effort to be successful, we need your help.
Here’s the bottom line: Children shouldn’t be punished for the color of their skin; for embracing their hair and cultural heritage; for the clothes they wear; for refusing to “act like a girl”; or for reporting harassment or assault in their schools. Now more than ever our girls deserve support and resources, not punishment.
Together we can end school pushout once and for all.