The Warrior

Parent Blog: Prioritizing Health

Jinah Bryant is a member of the Board of Directors of Thurgood Marshall Academy and the parent of a Thurgood Marshall Academy junior.  If you …read more

Yesterday’s Verdict and TMA’s Challenge

“Justice for George … means freedom for all.”  Mr. Philonise Floyd, George Floyd’s brother Guilty.  Guilty.  Guilty.  Thurgood Marshall Academy welcomes the verdict rendered yesterday …read more

Serving the Black Community through Wellness: Justine Kelley

In this Q&A, Justine Kelley (TMA ‘10) shares her journey to launching her business providing psychoeducation about holistic wellness.                                 

  1. What role has Thurgood Marshall Academy played in your development as a professional? 

My experience at Thurgood Marshall Academy was life-changing. Here, I learned invaluable lessons about my identity as a Black woman, a speaker, a writer, a critical thinker, a creator, and student of life. My involvement with groups such as Debate Team, Anti-Defamation League, Dance, Green Club, and AP courses, all pushed me beyond my limited beliefs about who I was.

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TMA’s First Lawyer: Tamara Johnson

Tamara Johnson graduated from Thurgood Marshall Academy (TMA) 

in 2010 and went on to become the school’s first-ever lawyer.  Tamara remembers her 9th-grade year at Thurgood Marshall Academy (TMA) as the year that sparked her interest in pursuing a law-related career. During her first Portfolio review (an annual self-assessment and goal setting project reviewed by a panel), an attorney asked if she had ever considered becoming an attorney herself. That question planted a seed that would be cultivated by extracurricular activities, the school’s integrated law programs, and a vast peer and adult support network.

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From Student Body President to the Political Arena: Markus Batchelor

In this Q&A, Markus Batchelor (TMA ‘11) shares his experiences that led him to being elected as the youngest-ever member of the DC State Board of Education in 2016 and his continued work in the community.                                           

  1. What was your experience attending Thurgood Marshall Academy? 

I cherish my time at Thurgood Marshall Academy. It was the place I made lifelong friends, found and explored my passions, and got unimaginable opportunities to grow into the person I am today. TMA became and still is home for me. It was a place I constantly felt challenged, supported, and safe. Over my years there, I was Student Government President (twice — in SY07-08 and SY10-11), in drama club, and captain of the debate team. I even helped co-found a poetry club. My favorite memories include egg drop day in Physics, afternoon bus rides to Law Firm Tutoring, the creak of the old wood floors in the hallways and classrooms, and warm spring days in the courtyard. 

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