Rethinking Columbus

As a community activist and as a high school teacher at City-As-School, B.Michael sought to raise critical awareness about the significance of the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christopher Columbus.

Here is how he broke it down for students:


How would B.Michael have taught the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the Mayflower in 2020?

Haruko Kuroiwa Brown — Japanese American Redress

As a teacher at City-As-School High School, B.Michael often invited guest speakers, writers and artists. During one such class, in order to make come alive U.S. History — specifically World War II and the treatment of Japanese Americans — he asked Haruko, a septuagenarian, to read the four-page testimony she had prepared for Congress’ Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians below and engage his inner-city students of all colors around her experience with institutionalized racism. A mic drop, he might say today. He recounts these unforgettable visits at Haruko’s Celebration of Life.

Coincidentally, at the time that Haruko had written her testimony, B.Michael was in his first quarter in law school at Northeastern University.