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PUM Black History Salutes: Angela Allie, Principal, Propel Andrew Street High School

 

PUM Celebrating Black History Month 2014 Featuring Pittsburgh Leaders Who Inspire

 

PittsburghUrbanMedia.com proudly celebrates Black History Month this February 2014 by honoring and featuring African American Leaders who inspire and demonstrate a commitment to uplifting future generations. What makes a leader inspirational? The ability to inspire people to reach great heights of performance and success is a skill that leaders need. Passion, purpose, listening and meaning help make a leader inspirational.

As we celebrate Black History Month, the leaders featured during the month of February all demonstrate that they are significantly shaping the world – in business, government, academia, the non-profit sector and more.  They are advancing their influence exponentially by shaping and creating a new generation of leaders who are poised to help lead our world forward.

We hope their stories will serve as an inspiration to encourage others to be motivated and inspired to achieve their goals and dreams.

Angela Allie, Principal, Propel Andrew Street High School

 

“As the principal of Propel Andrew Street High School, Angela Allie has embraced a vision of democracy, empowerment, and innovation in administering the school. Her leadership has provided the space and support for teachers to serve their students in new and engaging ways, particularly with a focus on social justice issues related to race, class, and gender.”

 

1) As a Principal, at Propel Andrew Street High School you have embraced a vision of democracy, empowerment, and innovation in administering the school. Your focus on social justice issues related to race, class and gender, how does this tie into celebrating Black History Month?

 "Black History Month is an opportunity to learn and take action. At Propel Andrew Street High School we strive to expand the work and intent of Carter G. Woodson by extending the study of African American culture, history, and contributions to a year-round treatment through the everyday infusion of culturally relevant curriculum and programming. We continually situate student learning within fair and even treatment of the African Diaspora. Courses like Contemporary Social Issues and Multicultural Literature provide students with opportunities to critically analyze historical and present-day struggles and progress through the lenses of race, gender, and class. Social justice projects such as Stand Against Racism, My Black is Beautiful, Propel 5K for Peace, and the Hip-Hopera musical allow us to empower our students and staff to carry on the tradition of activism modeled to us by our African American leaders."  

  

2) When we think about celebrating Black History what person in history do you especially celebrate who influenced your life?

"I answer this question in the spirit of the principle of Ujima, which acknowledges no important work can be achieved alone. I am obliged to honor the collective work of local activists Dr. Barbara A. Sizemore, K. LeRoy Irvis, Dr. Helen S. Faison, and Derrick A. Bell. They have made significant contributions to the research and practice of racial justice in Pittsburgh and beyond--and, together, they have provided me with the framework to enact socially and morally just education for all people, but particularly those who are traditionally underserved."

 

 

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