Our History Lives On
Tees that teach is a collaboration of two people passionate about Black History and the preservation of a unique history filled with turmoil and triumph.
Our mission is to inspire, education and uplift, using the T-shirt as our canvas.
Growing up in the mid-west part of the country I have been involved with many aspects of life’s realities, from growing up in the ghetto and attending a private school for a time where most of my classmates had no idea of difficult financial times.
To being raised by a single mother and understanding sacrifice to seeing most mid-western families with both parents in the home and household where responsibilities were divided.
To all out racism and hatred to a sense of community and love with the idea of, ‘It takes a village to raise a child. Although I did not grow up like most I interacted with, I was blessed with my life’s exposure that allows me to adjust to my environment and the ability to relate to others. With this ability, I am able to see the need for knowledge and wisdom within our society and in particular our young people. With the advancement of technology many of our youth have more exposure and knowledge to and of the world than many prior generations but lack the understanding and wisdom on what to do with that knowledge since they tend not to accept that wisdom from our elders so we are losing much of that information and are falling further and further behind in today’s society.
So this became the birth idea for Tees That Teach. I feel that change begins with one individual and why not me? I feel it is my calling to spread info of our past and to uplift others around me, and fill that void or disconnect that our community has between our youth and our elders. We have a very strong and powerful history and that information and pride should not be lost to foolishness and technology and understand that our history remains present.
As the saying goes ‘You can’t know where you are going unless you know where you have been.’ Tees That Teach will become that tool to begin to reunite, rejuvenate and educate our community.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
I grew up in an all Black neighborhood and was educated in Black schools and yet it really wasn’t until college that I had the blinders pulled off completely. Wait? You mean we have a rich history beyond Selma? We are artists, composers, and inventors. We are more than 28 days in February and more than just a freedom Summer. And then I read this:
in the year 2010, only 2 percent of 12th graders received full credit in identifying the following quote on the National Assessment of Educational Progress U.S. History Exam: ” … Separate education facilities are inherently unequal.” The 12,000 students tested didn’t need to come up with the name Brown v. Board of Education, mind you — just know it had something to do with 1.) segregation 2.) in the nation’s schools — yet a stunning 73 percent either skipped it or received an “inappropriate” score.