I moved to Oak Park in 1992, and within weeks I endured my first direct experience with rac- ism. I was 7 years old.
Tony Knight, elementary principal at the time, didn’t reprimand the perpetrator when I reported the incident. As superintendent, I question Knight’s ability to lead an initiative to address the safety of Black students in OPUSD.
It was clear what families were saying in their homes when a first grade student welcomed me to Oak Park with racism on the playground.
In 1995, the inten...
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