Dorchester group rallies in QAC for Dr. Kane

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Eastern Shore residents gathered at the Queen Anne’s County Board of Education on Sunday in support of Dr. Andrea Kane, who is being pressured to step down after voicing support for the Black Lives Matter movement.

CENTREVILLE — Dorchester County civil rights activists Millennials Demanding Change (MDC) organized a rally Sunday at the Queen Anne’s County Board of Education in support of Superintendent of Public Schools Dr. Andrea Kane. More than 100 persons attended the rally.

The superintendent has recently been under fire for sending a letter two months ago to county families in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Queen Anne’s County residents have formed a social media group and are circulating a petition calling for Dr. Kane’s removal, saying she has engaged in political activity while on the job.

A statement from MDC said, “Speaking out against racism is not political.”

At the protest, Dr. Kane said, “I’m talking about everyday micro-aggressions. I’m talking about slighting a student and giving advantages to one child because they are white and not to another child because they are black or are of color.”

One of the leaders of MDC, Mya Woods, said, “The Eastern Shore has to start seeing each other as one, rather than different counties.”
Ms. Woods said on Monday that her group began organizing the rally on Friday. They coordinated with other Shore organizations, including ones from Easton and Federalsburg.

She noted the experience of former Dorchester County Superintendent Dr. Diana Mitchell, who left her post more than a year ago. Ms. Woods said Dr. Mitchell had been blamed for problems that existed before her arrival.

Then more recently, when Dorchester’s current Superintendent W. David Bromwell wrote to local families on the need for racial reconciliation, there was no issue, Ms. Woods said. “When Dr. Kane said it, a whole Facebook page was created,” Ms. Woods said.

A statement from the Maryland State Education Association on Sunday said, “We support Superintendent Kane’s efforts to be able to talk about race, racism, and the impact on our students and communities. Open dialogue is at the root of understanding one another and determining how we can build more equitable, inclusive, anti-racist, and successful schools for all students throughout Maryland.”