Ms. Baptiste is a special education teacher at the Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School, Summit New Jersey where she has revised the black history content of the school’s seventh-grade social studies curriculum. She has also spearheaded Black History Month projects that have included such activities as musical tributes, African arts displays, renaming each school hallway after a famous black American, and profiling black inventors. She is currently a doctoral candidate at Rutgers University.
Ms. Brooks is a social studies teacher at the Eastern Intermediate High School, Voorhees, New Jersey, where in addition to her teaching she serves as the advisor to the African-American Cultural Club, and has crafted various productions that celebrate Black History Month. She in particular has made students aware of black historical figures in such fields as music, dance, and film. She has also used her classes in United States History and World History to emphasize information about the black past not normally covered in high school history textbooks. Brooks has degrees from Howard University and Miami University of Ohio.