The textbook inaccurately referred to Black slaves as “migrants,” a term that sparked outrage for its whitewashing of historical facts.
“Many of you asked about my son’s textbook. Here it is. Erasure is real y’all!!! Teach your children the truth!!!”
The incident underscored the significance of nuanced language in shaping historical narratives.
Over the years, Dr. Roni Dean-Burren continued to be a force for positive change in education. She successfully obtained her doctorate degree in education and took on various roles, including serving as an adjunct professor at the University of Houston, president of the Texas Council of English Language Arts Teachers, and director of Gifted and Talented at the Houston Independent School District.
Tributes to Dr. Dean-Burren’s legacy have flooded social media over the Thanksgiving weekend, with many acknowledging her as a powerhouse in the field, particularly in uplifting Black youth’s learning.
University of Houston Curriculum and Instruction College (CUIN) clinical professor Margaret Hale praised Dr. Dean-Burren’s activism, stating, “Roni epitomizes the idea that one person can make a difference. Her advocacy and passion are a model for all of us in education.”