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Public Schools Are Failing Black Students With Dyslexia: One Grandmother’s Story

Geraldine Robinson stepped proudly onto the stage and stated her name. What she said next was an understatement: “I am a fightin’ grandmother.” 

Robinson, 65, is a devout and joyful Christian who’s now raising three of her grandchildren. She’s been a relentless advocate for two of them in particular. And, she told the audience, the stakes are high: “I am fighting for their life.” 

On this fall evening in 2019, the crowd gathered to celebrate the 40th anniversary of a disability rights nonprofit — and honor this Oakland matriarch. Her grandson and his younger sister showed early signs of dyslexia. 

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