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Dez-Ann Romain, the 36-year old principal of the Brooklyn Democracy Academy in New York City has died from coronavirus complications. Reportedly, she is the first city public school employee to contract and die from COVID-19.

The academy is a transfer school for over-age/under-credited students, located in the Brooklyn borough. According to her colleagues, Romain was a dedicated community servant that “gave her entire self” to the school and the entire community “and it did not matter how incredibly complex a problem was.”

She was known to regularly stop and talk to every student that she passed in the hallways in between classes. Also, back in March 2019, she was honored by Brooklyn’s Borough President Eric Adams for her enormous contribution to the community, culture, and education.

The Council of School Supervisors and Administrators (CSA) issued a public statement saying: “It is with profound sadness and overwhelming grief that we announce the passing of our sister, CSA member Dezann Romain, Principal of Brooklyn Democracy Academy, due to complications from Coronavirus. Our prayers are with her family and school community as we mourn alongside them. Please keep Principal Romain in your thoughts and continue to do everything possible to keep yourselves and your loved ones safe during this health crisis.”

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Former Mathematician and “Hidden Figure” Katherine Johnson Passed

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New Book to Heal Broken Relationships Within Black Families

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21 Authors Collaborate on New Book to Heal Broken Relationships Within Black Families

Publisher and lead collaborator Monica D. Reed has released “I Am The Voice: Advocacy for the Voiceless,” a well-written collaboration of stories to bring awareness to breaking the barriers within families.

Nationwide — I Am The Voice: Advocacy for the Voiceless is the latest creation of publisher Monica D. Reed, an author, speaker, life coach, and a successful entrepreneur. This book is a powerful stand for the change of family, relationship, and social issues that need to be spoken on so that people can genuinely discover their true identity, purpose, and self-worth, achieve personal goals and move on to a life that is fulfilling and authentically by design.

 Am The Voice is an illuminating inspiration written for the readers to realize that everyone owns the potential to fulfill their life’s purpose after they have released the weight of their past. This book is a gentle reminder that no matter how bleak and terrifying the road may have seemed, success will be on the horizon when you discover your pain is now purpose. The book leaves the reader to strive to heal from the hurt and to create change, and begin to live a life full of love, unity, and legacy.

Author Monica shares insightful awareness of some of the challenges that we face within our families and community along with solutions to nurture and elevate the mind, body, and spirit. The book has brought awareness to how our past has truly impacted our lives, contributed to how we build relationships but also to examples of how we can use our story by turning obstacles into opportunities. The collaboration teaches you how to face the hurt of the past, heal the heart, use the journey of life to create purpose, and execute your goals. When you read this book, you will see that your obstacles do not define you and you will learn how to pursue your destiny on purpose.

Every page of I am the Voice is written with deep personal touch, such that anyone reading this book beginning from the front to back, or maybe one turn to any page and started reading from there, it does not matter; the messages that this book contains will touch the depth of one’s heart in numerous ways. The book features the bold voices of twenty-one different authors including Martha Davidson, Saniya I. Reed, Afrikus Hart, Felicia Brittingham, Chanel Spencer, Makeda-Armorer-Wade, Alfredia Fuller, Eugenia Yvette, Matthew Santana, Jr., Dr. Andrea Blue, Ph.D., Chantai Rae, Abisola Akinwande, and Tracy Young – all of whom are addressing past challenges and now sharing a victory. One must buy this book to get the taste of inspiration as words cannot describe the positive impact of the book. The book has been referred to as a “break-through in a book.”

I Am The Voice: Advocacy for the Voiceless is available for purchase on Amazon or directly from the publishing company at www.IAmTheVoiceBook.com

For more information about Monica Reed, the publisher and lead collaborator of this project, please visit www.MonicaDReed.com or follow her on Instagram @MonicaDReed

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Black Educators Conference Comes to San Antonio

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Educators looking to grow, network, advance professionally, stay informed of legislative initiatives impacting education policy and current 21st century best educational practices are encouraged to attend the premier educational summit known as the Texas Alliance of Black School Educators (TABSE) State Conference.

San Antonio, Texas has been designated to host this conference, February 20-23, at Hyatt Regency River Walk located at 123 Losoya St. This year’s conference theme is Empowering Educational Excellence through Equity. This conference will provide excellent learning opportunities designed to meet the needs of every educator and is the premier professional development conference for educators.

This conference will unite hundreds of state superintendents, elected officials, central office leaders and teachers.

“We have some outstanding district and campus leaders slated to present,” TABSE President Dr. Kimberly McLeod said. “Districts and schools that have experienced academic success with children of color or low socio-economic status will share their journey to meeting Texas Education Agency accountability standards.”

In addition, there will be career institutes for educational professionals who aspire to be principals, athletic directors or superintendents. TABSE proudly boasts of placing more than 10 superintendents and other educational and campus leaders around the state of Texas who have been trained through the TABSE career institutes.

Additionally, TABSE’s legislative institute has promoted individuals to local and state board positions and have trained them in understanding contributing to educational policy and implementation.

This annual conference is an opportunity that comes once a year to unite and equip educational professionals with a skillset, knowledge base and network to propel them to new professional and experiential heights.

Educators do not want to miss this learning opportunity, so, for more information, visit www.TABSE.net for additional conference information.

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