June 2, 2020
Good Evening Jumoke Academy Family,
I am writing this evening to first express my continued sincere wish for your safety and well- being during these unprecedented and uncertain times. Secondly, I write to you to share my thoughts on the current state of affairs as it relates to the recent public events of inequitable treatment of African Americans. Jumoke Academy as an educational institution was established to prepare children to successfully compete in the global marketplace despite the social and economic challenges they may presently face. While our Founder Thelma Ellis Dickerson’s vision encompassed a commitment to providing the education necessary for our scholars to be successful, she also realized that the world that they would face would not be free from the social challenges that could hinder them. Our role as a community is to ensure that our children receive the love and education they need to rise above those societal ills currently presenting at the national, state and local levels. As a community that serves approximately 95% African-American children, we must educate, ensure, recommit, and protect our scholars so they develop the capacity to become the leaders we need to take on the injustices we are seeing today.
Our commitment moving forward will be to continue to maintain high expectations and social standards for our children but we will not compromise when it comes to ensuring that they are treated equitably and fairly. As a school community, we will continue to be a voice of advocacy for our children. We will also ensure that our scholars understand injustice, are taught to recognize unfairness and to not be afraid to stand up and speak against it when they are confronted with it. It is my hope that we find a way to heal quickly and identify solutions to the many problems that plague our nation and communities.
As a step toward building upon the capacity of our scholars to understand what is going on in this moment in history and have a voice to express themselves, I have asked our student support services team to plan a Student Only forum for grades 4-8. The vision for this forum will be student-led with faculty support where scholars will have a safe space to express what they are feeling and how they might come together to be a part of the solution. We are in the process of confirming a community partner to engage with us in this endeavor and look forward to sharing details of this 1-hour event to occur via ZOOM on Thursday, June 4, 2020, at 4:00 p.m.
Please look for a district-wide email to parents tomorrow evening with the particulars for scholars who would like to participate.
In closing and in the words of our founder, we will “Keep on Keeping On!”
Dr. Troy A. Monroe