I teach because my ancestors were stripped of the right to be educated, so it's my purpose to educate! Passing along my abilities and God-given talents to the present and future of our world gives me a great deal of responsibility that I don't take very lightly, but emphatically embrace. The author and professor Zaretta Hammond wrote “the teacher acts as an ally to the student in his quest toward independent learning." I am striving to have this mantra ring true in my daily teaching practice.
I was inspired by two historical teachers: Malcolm X and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. These men were often pitted against each other as enemies, but they shared a common goal: human rights for Black and poor people. Malcolm X's narrative was one that included resilience, endurance and pain, while Dr. King's life was one of privilege, strength and patience. The two were great organizers and teachers. They both lived in their truth and apologized to no one for it. Drawing from their heritage, speeches and literature have aided with inspiring me to continue their legacy to teach.
A teacher for four years, Coron A. Brinson currently teaches in Oakland, California.