Celebrating Black History Month with Brook Afework

Brook Afework, Program Operations Coordinator


Why do you work in education?

I came to this country not knowing how far behind I was in my education in comparison to my peers. The educators at Seattle and Issaquah school districts took time out of their busy schedules and helped me catch up. That extra attention is what helped me to not become discouraged. I want to help students just how I was helped when I was young.


What Black educators did you look up to as a youth?

Carlotta Walls LaNier, the youngest of the Little Rock Nine, is who I looked up too. Facing harassment and scrutiny at a young age just to persevere and open opportunities to many African Americans – that is empowering feat.


What does it mean to you to be a Black educator in school spaces?

Being a Black educator is to know you have a duty to serve your community and build an environment that accepts all cultures.


How are you a part of your family/heritage legacy?

My family has built a massive network that assists in connecting people who are looking for employment, labor, healthcare, etc. I am here in Sound Discipline to help build a communities that assist the youth of our generation by connecting them to the right supports so they can succeed in their educational career.


What’s one thing you’ll do to celebrate or uplift Black History this year?

I want to visit more museums and exhibits that are dedicated to the Black culture and history.