Name: Dr. Keith Davis
What is your job at CFBISD: Principal of Blalack Middle School
What do you like most about your job:
I love being in a family atmosphere where everyone is working together to ensure we meet the needs of our students, families and community? We laugh together, cry together, work hard together, and achieve together.
What do you think about when you hear "Black History Month?"
I hear the opportunity to recognize and spotlight the wonderful contributions of the generations of Black people whose works, fight, perseverance, and determination are ingrained into our country's foundation. It is a time where we honor those who came before us and live through us as we continue to embark on creating equity, equality, and unity.
Is there a specific black person from history who inspires you:
I have two people from Black History who inspire me, both for the same reason; for their grit, determination, willingness to learn, and willingness to lead; Malcolm X and WEB DuBois. My youngest son was born on the same day as Malcolm X, and his middle name is DuBois.
Any last words that you'd like to share about Black History Month:
May the lives of those who came before us live through us and be a shining light guiding us to where we need to go.
Why is it important to take the time of BHM to reflect, and think back, and celebrate Blackness in all of its forms?
It is important for us to take the time of BHM to reflect, think back, and celebrate Blackness in all of its forms because it is beautiful in all its forms. In all its forms, it has significantly influenced our society and country, from fine arts to performing arts, from sports to political thought, from invention to innovations.
Black people had fought and died for freedom but also fought and died for this country. Even in its darkest days with the weight of the world bearing down, Blackness as always looked adversity in the eye said, "Here I Stand." Blackness is a cornerstone of our country.