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Ivory Bennett

Ivory Bennett is a published author with a sincere passion for the creative arts. She is a former foster youth who spent 17 years in foster care. Ivory has a dual degree from The University of Pittsburgh in Africana Studies and English Literature with a minor in Theatre Arts. She has a Master’s in Education Administration from Concordia University. Ivory currently works as an English teacher and cheer coach at a Title 1 school in South Dallas.

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7/28/2021

Simone Biles: You Can Be Strong and Choose Rest

Simone Biles is a champion for liberation through her public acceptance and acknowledgement of her need for rest, which is an inevitably radical act of resistance, writes Ivory Bennett.

5/20/2021

Texas Hold ‘Em: Social-Emotional Learning in the Lone STAAR State

Although millions in funds are annually invested in STAAR preparation, testing and re-testing, STAAR fails to capture the social-emotional learning growth of students.

4/21/2021

Is America Capable of Restorative Justice?

John Wooden once said, “the true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.” But, what does America do when the world isn’t watching?

2/26/2021

The Texas Storm and The Power of The People

Ivory Bennett, a former foster youth, shares the power of the people when they come together after the recent Texas winter storm.
“Where there are people, there is power,” said the slain Black Panther leader Fred Hampton.

11/2/2020

Did I Vote This Year? Absolutely. Do I Feel Good About It? No.

I vote to honor my ancestors. The ones who survived slavery so that I might thrive; the ones who died pursuing freedom and liberty. The kinfolk who suffered selflessly so that I can legally read, write and vote.

10/27/2020

I Have Never Known Life Without Police Brutality

One of the most impactful experiences with police brutality for me is intertwined in generational trauma. My mother, who suffers from bipolar and schizophrenia, was in her late teens or early twenties and having a manic episode.

4/14/2020

Showing Up as a Teacher and a Student

My name is Ivory Bennett. I am currently 29 years old. And I spent roughly 17 years of my life in foster care because of my mother’s extreme mental illness. At this point in time, I am a high school English teacher and a cheer coach, all the while being a full-time graduate student in two programs.