50 minutes | May 5, 2021

The Utah Teacher Blues: Lily Eskelsen García and Alberta Henry

The COVID-19 pandemic has made issues of educational equity and access glaringly obvious, but the issues aren't new — people have been working on them for decades within Utah and across the United States. In this episode, we share the stories of two such women who spent their lives championing equity in education: Lily Eskelsen García, former Utah Teacher of the Year, former president of the National Education Association, and shortlist candidate for President Joe Biden's Secretary of Education Alberta Henry, a consultant for the Salt Lake City School District and President of the Salt Lake City NAACP from 1980-1992 Both women felt called to their work, which altered the educational landscape in Utah for hundreds of thousands of students. And both felt like their work was never finished.
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