This narrative piece is a reflection of one Black mother’s experience with navigating the public education system in a large city in the United States. The author explores the humbling and often powerless moments she feels as an educator with over 21 years of experience, yet also as a first-time mother of a Black girl. She discusses the impactful Black teachers and other co-conspirators who helped to advocate for her and her daughter, Aya, during their schooling journey thus far. She concludes by referring back to her own father’s text, which outlines a framework for transformational education for Black children and families.



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