I just read this young lady, Katherine Silva Lopez’s story. It’s remarkable and to me, and to all the teachers who have had the privilege to welcome these kids into our classes, unremarkable. My ancestors did the heavy lifting for me and our family, as my cousin, psychotherapist Lynne Spevack noted. They fled pograms in Vilnius and the Ukraine. They traveled in danger and settled in squalor when they arrived here. I don’t know about you…but I NEED Katharine Silva Lopez to become successful in America. She is the one doing the heavy lifting for her descendants. I’ve lived a privileged life because of the courage and ambition of my ancestors. Let’s give her the same chance. After all, her daughter might be the next Sonia Sotomayor…right?
Yes…I know…it’s the Post. Gotta keep an open mind, right?
PS: Coming soon: Yo Miz! (the book) with stories from kids like Ms. Lopez, in their own words!