Books should not be banned as a means to maintain power and control over the minds of children, particularly oppressed and marginalized children.

All of the recent talk about equity in the theater of public education is moving in the right direction, and it is partially what the drum majors for justice in the past were fighting for. However, we cannot let the conversation rest here.

Every February, as a Black woman, I am excited to see how Black Americans’ accomplishments are highlighted and honored during this time. I have also thought, “What if we honored Black Americans all year long?”

Our work with Loudoun County, Virginia, has made national headlines. We think this is more than an of-the-moment news story, though. This is living history.