Teachers who share the backgrounds of their students do more than just teach their students the possibilities—they show them.
Black Community Alliances’ Mission
The Black Community Alliances (BCA) cultivates and develops relationships with external organizations committed to strengthening Black educators, students, and communities. Partnerships expand the professional and personal development of Black staff, alumni, and corps members to make sure that Teach For America is in greater service to the community.
The Decision to Use “Black”
Our decision to use “Black” instead of “African American” is to ensure the geographical and cultural inclusivity of everyone within the African diaspora. We hope to highlight that African Americans are one of many variations within a larger global community of individuals who have a shared ancestry yet diverse cultures, customs, and languages.
In The Classroom
Teachers who share the backgrounds of their students do more than just teach their students the possibilities—they show them. We work in solidarity with the Black community to dramatically increase the number of Black men and women who choose teaching as a career. Today, we are one of the largest contributors of teachers of color in the nation.
“Educational inequity was something that I was noticing, starting as early as 6th grade, and this deep-seated discomfort started to grow within me. I ultimately think that's what brought me here.”
Our Community Partners
We are intentional about partnering with organizations and community influencers that align to our mission. Together with our partners, we work hand-in-hand to strengthen the movement for educational equity and excellence. To become a community partner of BCA, email Tamila Gresham, Senior Managing Director, Black Community Alliances.
UNCF envisions a nation where all Americans have equal access to a college education that prepares them for rich intellectual lives, competitive and fulfilling careers, engaged citizenship and service to our nation.
Young Black and Giving Back Institute
YBGB Institute equips, inspire, and empowers young black professionals, social entrepreneurs, and activists to effectively invest in changing their communities through civic leadership and philanthropy.
Stories in the News
A piece in Essence by Brittany Packnett on how Black educators are fighting for our children.
Read about Tami Sawyer, a Memphis native, and her work to take down her city’s Confederate monuments.
A report by the Brookings’ Brown Center Chalkboard blog about the power of teachers of color in America’s increasingly diverse classrooms.