Teachers make a difference in 1960s Harlem

I attended a parochial school in all-black Harlem in the 1960s where all my teachers were Irish Catholic nuns. These women were phenomenal educators who knew how to build relationships and give structure and purpose to our lives when, at this time in history, minorities were not treated equally.  Recently we had a high school reunion. Students from all years came from all over the country. It was incredible how past students spoke about the nuns and what their teaching did for the trajectory of their lives. These nuns put such cultural pride in their students and never let them believe that people saying that they, as colored, were any less than human.

-Stanley Brown