A Step in the Right Direction

April 26, 2021

Dear KIPP Texas Families,

The arc of the moral universe that Martin Luther King Jr. spoke about at the National Cathedral bent toward justice on April 20 when a murderer was held accountable for the senseless killing of a Black man – as he should have been. While we can take a collective breath at the outcome of this trial, we will not get comfortable or complacent because that bend towards justice takes personal, collective, and intentional work. As we mourn the loss of Daunte Wright, Adam Toledo, Ma’Khia Bryant, Andrew Brown, Jr., and Isaiah Brown’s shooting, we know there is still so much work to be done.

I hope that one day soon, we won’t be on the edge of our seats, waiting to see if juries make just decisions. We will expect them to. 

I hope that one day soon, Black mothers and fathers won’t have to worry when their Black boys and girls interact with police because they can expect the police to protect and help their children, not kill them. 

I have hope that together, as a Team and Family, we can make our schools, communities, and our country places of belonging and inclusion where we celebrate and love each other for being who we are. I’m hopeful because last week with the Chauvin verdict, we took one step in the right direction.

One way we showed care for one another at school last week was providing opportunities for our KIPPsters to come together in restorative circles to listen to them, to help them process, feel seen, heard, and valued. 

Thank you for your partnership in educating your children. Our KIPPsters and families give me hope that together we can build a better tomorrow. 

With gratitude,

Sehba Ali


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