Our Election Coverage Drops Wednesday: What One Student’s Attempt to Register to Vote Has Become…

When I arrived in the East Bay in early July from New York City to press on with our brother Dirk’s legacy, this month’s mayoral and school board elections were squarely top of mind for many who care about children and their futures.   In fact, Oakland’s youth was excited, because thanks to Measure QQ –…


SOLD OUT: Join us for the 2022 Black Excellence Awards Tomorrow on YouTube

In a year of devastating loss within our community – our founder Dirk and our peerless advocate Rachel Willis Henry, among others – we are honoring their spirit and endless drive for our Black children with tomorrow’s 2022 Black Excellence Awards. It’s a time where we will hold space for their memory and legacy by…


Part III: Re-Engagement and Renewal: Making Great School Voices Greater. 

Six months ago today, on October 1, 2021, we lost Dirk tragically as he joined the one too many, who have succumbed to Oakland’s gun violence. While I was certainly overwhelmed at the prospect, I knew our work —Great School Voices, SOBEO, our nonprofit, and Dirk’s collective movement would continue. Just as SOBEO had done,…


Part II: Reflecting on the Man and Method behind the Madness: What is Great School Voices and What has been its Impact?

Today, March 31, is Dirk’s birthday.  There’s no better moment than now, as a tribute to all he’s done for us, to share why he brought Great School Voices to life.   Dirk created this blog to fill an unmet need, beginning with Oakland. That need and purpose are fourfold. They are to: Amplify the voices…