Staff Highlight: Michelle Greene
Michelle is our Family Literacy Program Supervisor and is a part of Association House High School. She loves having the opportunity to be able to be an advocate for individuals who can’t and sometimes don’t know how to advocate for themselves. In honor of Black History Month, she shares what anti-racism and this month means to her.
What is your favorite part of your experience with Association House?
My favorite part of my experience with Association house is being a part of the work that is done for the students at Association house high school! It’s not just your typical Alternative school and I’m so grateful to be a part of such a positive impact. Our students are provided with so many resources that pushes them toward and keeps them on a path for a successful future. I love having the opportunity to be able to be an advocate for individuals who can’t and sometimes don’t know how to advocate for themselves. Also, I love how nice and genuine everyone is and always willing to help with whatever it is they can assist with; it’s like a big family!
What does anti-racism or equity mean to you?
Anti-racism means to me combating systemic racism, oppression, and any acts of unfair treatment toward those who are victims of prejudice and racial inequalities. Anti- racism is speaking up when you see a form of racism taking place whether it is happening to you or an absolute stranger; and taking steps toward making sure it happens less frequently. To understand anti-racism, you don’t have to be of the oppressed individuals; you should just be educated on the issues and ready to speak up and share your knowledge with the ignorant. Anti-racism also means to me recognizing your privileges and those who have a lack thereof.
Is there a moment in Black history that particularly resonates with you?
Yes, a moment in Black History that particular resonates with me is the Children’s Crusade also known as D-Day which took place on May 2, 1963! More than 1,000 African American students attempted to march into downtown Birmingham to put an end to segregation and were arrested, beaten, and hosed by police and the fire department; but they didn’t let that stop them and continued to come back for multiple days! This resonates with me so much because when we use the statement “children are the future,” it means more than we think. This is a representation of how fearless and strong children prove to be consistently and how much they need to be poured into and protected to reach their full potential! I love working with children at whatever capacity I can because they literally are so strong and resilient, and watching them grow and become who they want is very rewarding.