Podcast features Atlanta educator on importance of Black mentorship in the classroom

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Troy Kemp teaches at Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta.

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The Supreme Court’s 1954 Brown v. Board of Education ruling declared separate schools for Black and white students unconstitutional.

But a new podcast argues the promise of integrated classrooms is unfulfilled, even after nearly 70 years. One of the latest episodes of “After 1954” by Lemonada Media features educator Troy Kemp from Atlanta’s Ron Clark Academy.

It dives into Kemp’s role as one of the only Black teachers and mentors in several students’ lives, and the generational consequences of a lack of Black educators.

Lily Oppenheimer contributed to this report.