In my “homemade curriculum,” I recently read the book, “What Do You Do with a Voice Like That: The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan.” It was particularly special because the pre-school that all four of my boys attended, and coincidentally, where I was later able to help coach classroom teachers, was named after her – Barbara Jordan International Preschool. In fact, she attended the church that housed the school, and was eulogized by the pastor, Dr. D. Z. Cofield, in a nationally televised service many years ago, attended by many dignitaries, including President Clinton.
Last month, I had the wonderful opportunity to meet the author of this book and obtain several signed copies while attending an annual conference where I was both a presenter and participant: The Texas Association for Literacy Education. Integrating it as part of my social studies lesson for my own children, I read this book with affection. I couldn’t help but be personally moved.
Barbara was indeed a prominent figure in politics, but she was also a passionate teacher. As I considered how much she was remembered for her voice audibly, I was reminded that our voice can often be heard when there is no sound at all. Our voice is many times heard first, in our writing. In fact, when we write with our voice, there are times when those who cannot otherwise hear, can see the powerful messages which we convey.
I’ve since concluded that with this voice, I have said what is most meaningful to me. I’ve communicated my heartfelt convictions. I’ve encouraged those who were bereft of empathy and advocated for those whose voices were unheard. With this voice, I’ve vowed to make a difference in the lives of as many as I can. I’ve committed to teach those who are in need of important life lessons.
With this voice, I have promised myself that I will always do my best to be a light among the darkest of days. With this voice, I have committed to show love where there is none.
We need it.
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