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A photo of Shanti Croom, coordinator of equity and family engagement, with her ancestors

In honor of Black History Month, AUSD's Office of Equity has released a video entitled "I am My Ancestors' Wildest Dream."

The video, which was sponsored by the Alameda Education Foundation and produced by Castaway Creatives, features African-American community members talking compellingly about how they embody the hopes and dreams of family members who came before them.

"The black experience is undeniably different from everyone else," says Shanti Croom, AUSD's Educational Equity and Family Engagement Coordinator, says in the introduction. "That is why when we speak, it's felt. My ancestors planted seeds so I could grow, and every day I grow in my purpose to plant some more. Walking firmly in the present as I hold one hand in the past and stretch out the other to grip the future so we all move together."