While the nation has understandably focused on the emerging student movement in America, there have also been teachers who have taken their skills from the classroom to the halls of City Hall and the Congress.
One of those teachers we pause to showcase during Women's History Month is Monica Lindsey.
Monica has connected the dots. She understands that there is a correlation between policies and results. Politics and policy. Protest and progress.
She has discovered what many educators now know; that in order to properly fund schools, research, the environment, and civil rights, you must become involved in the movement for social justice. And involved she has become.
She has attended numerous rallies and meetings which seek the change the direction of the nation. She has been passionate and determined. She has worked with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), Women Independent Strong & Effective (WISE), The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Action Annapolis, the Caucus of African-American Leaders and other progressive groups in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.
Monica has worked with Antonio Downing, Yasemin Jamison, Vicky Bruce, Vickie Gipson, Sonia Feldman, Lisa Brannigan Rodvien, Scott MacMullan, Steuart Pittman, Mary Dadone, Judge Claudia Barber, Dr. L.e. Gomez, Councilman Pete Smith, Peter Cane, Paul Keegan, Brenda Wintrode, Julie Williams Buckley, Amy Cruice, Janice Hayes-Williams, Brian Cahalan, Leah EF, and scores of others in her efforts.
She participated in the March for Racial Justice, the Women's March, the Rally in Solidarity with Charlottesville, and the demonstrations calling for diversity on the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court.
Monica has spoken at the Civil Rights Foot Soldiers Memorial, at the State House, the Arundel Center and other venues. Often she is seen with her daughters, Michaela, who too are connecting the dots.
This mother and daughter team symbolizes the power of students and educators joining forces to make America better.
They know that sometimes in order to change the laws, you need to change the lawmakers. They understand that those in power must feel the power of the people.
Monica Lindsey is living proof that change starts with you, which is why we are pausing to honor her during Women's History Month.
It was Coretta Scott King who said, if the soul of the nation is to be saved, women, must become its soul.
She, like Monica, connected the dots. Now, it is your turn.
A Luta Continua.