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For hope and direction, Black middle schoolers need role models that look like them

Going through public schools in a small Massachusetts city, I had some great teachers. Astoundingly, none of them resembled me, a Black boy in America.

I recently graduated from college, and before starting a full-time job this fall, I spent the summer mentoring middle schoolers in New Bedford, another small Massachusetts city near where I grew up.

I found not much had changed when it comes to teachers of color — there still aren’t that many of them.