Meet the 2022 ASBA Black Alliance president, Berdetta Hodge from the Tempe Union HSD. Berdetta shares what Martin Luther King Jr. Day represents in our schools.
it’s important to recognize the significance of Martin Luther King Jr., and why many of us are given the day off from school or work. MLK Jr. was a humanitarian, a civil rights icon, and an activist. So this year, how can we make sure to reflect on what MLK Jr. Day truly represents, and why we recognize Martin Luther King Jr. as one of the most important historical heroes.
Instead of taking this federal day off for granted, let us encourage each other to reflect on the holiday’s importance and MLK Jr.’s accomplishments. And of course, think about what the holiday represents for human rights and black history.
The ASBA Black Alliance is an official group within the Arizona School Boards Association that focuses on the school board’s role in improving opportunities and outcomes for Black students through activities that:
- Enhance understanding of equity in education.
- Improve service delivery to ASBA members around equity in education.
- Improve recruitment of leaders who reflect the demographics of their communities.
- Increase member access to public education allies for underrepresented students.
- Increase cultural and social competence among public education leaders and partners.
Membership is open to any individual, regardless of their race, ethnicity, culture or origin, with a sincere desire to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for students in Arizona.
Black Alliance Officers are president, Berdetta Hodge, Tempe Union HSD, vice president, Kiana Sears, Mesa USD and Lindsay Love, Chandler USD, remains on the officer team as immediate past president.