I teach because I owe a huge debt to my ancestors, who fought, bled, and died for my right to be free. I think it is important for young Black children to see Black teachers. They need to see that we are successful and educated and care about their futures. When I see the faces and minds of my students light up when they understand a concept or are able to do something they believed they could not, it warms my heart and grows my faith in our children. In this world there is so much bias and hate against our Black children. So it is my job as a Black educator to present a different narrative. It is my job to instill into the hearts and minds of my students that they are capable, intelligent, and, most of all, beautiful people who have much to contribute to this world despite the bias and hate. I teach because education is the most important and valuable gift I can give to Black children.
A teacher for 16 years, Anthony Arinwine currently teaches in San Francisco, CA.