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July 2, 2021

Season 4, Episode 9: Pause to Ponder - America's Independence Day

Season 4, Episode 9: Pause to Ponder - America's Independence Day

Welcome to the Counter Narrative Podcast, a show designed to change the way we talk, and think, about education. By sharing stories of successes and triumphs, we aim to challenge the dominant narrative that often negatively portrays our disenfranchised populations.

I’m your host, Charles Williams. An urban educator for more than 15 years, a current school principal in Chicago, an educational consultant, an equity advocate, and the co-host of Inside The Principal’s Office.

Let’s get started.


This episode is a pause to ponder segment. These biweekly sessions will allow me to share with you my personal thoughts and reflections on a wide spectrum of topics as they relate to education. It is my hope that you will be able to take something from these segments and apply it in a meaningful way as you continue to do amazing work. Remember, while we all have different roles, we all have a single job, educating our students.


We are embarking on the 244th anniversary of America's independence. While this is a time of celebration for many across the country, it is also a time of difficulty for many others. This celebration of freedom is a reminder that not all were granted freedom and that we are still struggling with the reality that freedoms often evade a great portion of the population today. In this episode, I reflect on my own struggles and coming to terms with this holiday. I also share an abridged version of Douglass' speech "What to a Slave is the 4th of July?" 


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