Aleisha James is a member of the Thurgood Marshall Academy Board of Directors and the parent of two TMA students. Since my daughter Cierra was …read more
When interviewing senior, Jamiah Lewis I asked, what would you say to incoming freshmen at TMA: “Stay on top of your game all 4 years. …read more
I was given the opportunity to interview one of our seniors, Amya Hudson. She has been a student at Thurgood Marshall Academy for 4 years. …read more
“Justice for George … means freedom for all.” Mr. Philonise Floyd, George Floyd’s brother Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Thurgood Marshall Academy welcomes the verdict rendered …read more
In this Q&A, Justine Kelley (TMA ‘10) shares her journey to launching her business providing psychoeducation about holistic wellness.
- 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.
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.
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.
- 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.
Pathways 2 Power (P2P) is a student-led activist group at TMA that aims to bring youth voice to critical community issues and create a safer, …read more
At the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year, TMA Social Studies Teacher, Karen Lee, started the first day of her US Government class trying to answer the question: Who votes? Looking at DC and national voting data, Ms. Lee and her students discovered that the lowest DC voter turnout rates occur in wards 7 and 8. The conversation sparked students’ interest in finding out why their community had lower turnout rates. “Voting rights and voter registration has always been important to me and so every student that I have taught has had an opportunity to register to vote through my class.”, says Ms. Lee.
“Racism separates, but it never liberates. Hatred generates fear, and fear once given a foothold binds, consumes and imprisons. Nothing is gained from prejudice. No …read more