Blondean Davis, Illinois Black Hall of Fame inductee: Gunshots can change lives, even when recorded

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The sound of bullets; the horrific classroom rhythms orchestrated by gunmen to slaughter America’s schoolchildren.

“The sound of bullets can change everything,” says Blonde Davis, At 72, a prominent Chicago educator will be inducted into the Illinois Black Hall of Fame next Saturday for her decades of service in the Chicago Public Schools.

Davis, who grew up in a once-quiet bungalow enclave in Englewood before earning three degrees, including her Ph.D. at Loyola University Chicago, told Sneed she hadn’t heard a bullet until seven years ago. .

“That was when they broke out during a ‘Code Red’ police academy practice exercise seven years ago,” she said.

“It’s beyond anything I’ve ever experienced.”

Davis, who retired from CPS before founding Southland College Prep in the far southern suburbs in 2010, “has always believed that our priority is not only to educate our students, but to keep our students safe.

“But now we’re practicing for the possibility of live shooters coming into our schools,” she said.

“While this was just an exercise, it seemed real…it seemed to change in an instant when the sound of bullets suddenly silenced our school – a few minutes ago, a building full of student excitement and joy Architecture,” she said.

“I can still feel it like it was yesterday. Even though intellectually I know it’s just the sound of a recorded bullet not being fired in real time, the fear of students and teachers was instantaneous. It was fantastic.

“Our job was to protect ourselves and wait for the police to arrive for three to seven minutes. All we could do was wait for help, but as the gunshots rang out, the situation became very intense…until the police finally breached our teaching building.

“Immediate relief,” she said, “as if the building…the school…suddenly came alive again!”

A visionary educator for the 21st century, Davis will be honored at Governors State University on the eve of June, our national holiday celebrating the liberation of America’s enslaved people.

“We cannot allow ourselves to be paralyzed by an isolated tragedy,” Davis said. “But we need to be brave as teachers — and leaders our students will follow — to move forward.”

Davies, who began her teaching career in 1972, said: “I was really young when I sat on the living room sofa with my doll… . and told my mom, ‘I’m a teacher. ”

“My mom said: ‘If you want to be like that, you’re going to be a good person.'”

It just happened.

Amen.

Good corral…

This is an event!

former u.s. congressman Gabby Giffords, The former Arizona congresswoman, who was shot in the head and permanently wounded by a gunman in a 2011 shooting at a grocery store near Tucson, is taking her fight against gun violence to Chicago.

Watch Giffords Join the Politics Podcast Experts David Axelrod and former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Gun violence in America is discussed at an event hosted by the former senator from Illinois on June 22. Bill Marowitz At his Carnival restaurant on the Ring Road.

“Mike, now, more than ever, it’s time to come forward and discuss gun violence in America,” Marowitz texted. “We need to send a loud message about how we feel about the recent tragic events.”

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