Arizona Alliance of Black
Clottee A. Hammons grew up in the downtown Phoenix area and is the granddaughter of 10th Calvary Buffalo Soldier, Sergeant George Hammons. She views that legacy with pride and a strong sense of social responsibility.
Ms. Hammons is an Artist, Curator, Writer, Poet, Activist, Educator and Prevention Outreach Specialist. She views her special call as a "community builder" and works in grateful collaboration with numerous artists, organizations and individuals while being conscientious and mindful of honoring her ancestors.
Ms. Hammons taught Art Theory and techniques to students [K - 8], differently abled students and seniors. She also provided a focused arts program to women in a domestic violence shelter environment in addition to facilitating and funding numerous other arts engagement opportunities for artists and the general public.
In addition to teaching Art, Ms. Hammons provides educations and information to groups and individuals about prevention and harm reduction approaches to HIV/AIDS, STIs, substance dependence, poverty and homelessness, cultural competency and wellness. Ms. Hammons is a phlebotomist that has conducted hundreds of HIV tests and provided counseling. She is currently revising an edition of a comprehensive course and syllabus for presentations to young people about sexual awareness and stigmatizing perceptions.
Ms. Hammons is passionate about literature, history, libraries and librarians. She is the creator and ongoing facilitator of the Emancipation Marathon; which is a literary tradition that honors the victims of American Chattel Slavery. The Emancipation Marathon will celebrate its twentieth season June 24, 2017 (at Changing Hands Bookstore, Phoenix). Her motto is: "I promise you will learn what schools will not teach.
The Importance of Teaching American Chattel Slavery: Creative Ways to Make History Relevant
Teaching American Chattel Slavery presents unique and formidable challenges, particularly for African American teachers, because the presentation of accurate information has typically been discouraged. Consequently when African American and African students do not see themselves reflected as dignified, progressive contributors to past events further stigma and ignorance is perpetuated, affecting other academic areas and behaviors. It is best to acknowledge the fact of American Chattel Slavery early in students’ academic careers. They will not feel the inevitable sense of betrayal and mistrust of teachers.
"Closing achievement gaps is a critical issue. The performance of Blacks is systematically different from that of other racial and ethnic groups. Decreasing gaps in student achievement means that we must increase the learning gains of Blacks."
- National Education Association
"The gap between teachers and students of color continues to grow. Over the past three years, the demographic divide between teachers and students of color has increased by 3 percentage points, and today, students of color make up almost half of the public school population. But teachers of color are just 18 percent of the teaching profession."
- Center for American Progress
"African-American students, particularly males, are far more likely to be suspended or expelled from school than their peers. Black students make up 18% of the students in the CRDC sample, but 35% of the students suspended once, and 39% of the students expelled."
- U.S. Department of Education
Arizona Alliance of Black School Educators
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AzABSE pledges to continue serving as educational advocates for children who have been poorly served in the past. We further pledge to ensure that African-American and all other diverse students are effectively educated in the present and are accorded priorities for the future. We pledge to lead the way through the creation of a concrete model that demonstrates the goals of academic and cultural excellence.