Defend democracy in the South.


James Whitfield lost his job as the first Black principal of the Colleyville Heritage High School near Dallas because he responded to police and white vigilante killings of Black people with an email to students that acknowledged the existence of system racism and called education "a necessary conduit to get liberty and justice for all." Whitfield recently testified before a U.S. House subcommittee during a hearing on curriculum sabotage and classroom censorship, saying educators "have been placed squarely in the crosshairs of political groups who are determined to destroy public education." (Still from official committee video.)