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Record shows teacher’s commitment to justice, equality

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Regarding the March 25 article in the Johnstonian News, “Teacher denies MLK, Trump comments,” a man I never met wrote things online about me that are not true.

I am a certified K-12 teacher in North Carolina with 21 years in the public schools, as well as seven years of substitute teaching in public schools, for a total of 28 years in the North Carolina schools.

In the initial story by Johnstonian News, the awards I have and my community service with the NAACP were not reported or pictured, nor was it mentioned that I was a certified mentor teacher K-12 in Wake County. I am writing to share it in a letter to the editor. I assisted the Rev. William Barber with the some concerns of the NAACP and was with him on the front page of The Daily Record newspaper in Dunn. I joined the NAACP as a dues-paying member. I attend Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. breakfasts and events each year.

I am pictured with my mostly African American choruses and orchestras and was hired by four African American principals over the years. I have a master’s degree and completed half of a Ph.D at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. I served on school improvement teams at two schools and completed an internship in school administration at Campbell University and made all As. I received many notes from former students and certificates that they made by hand of appreciation and love and recognition certificates from principals for dedicated service.

A teacher wrote a letter to me when I assisted the choir for the African Americans killed in a church in South Carolina called “Unity through Music” in Greenville. The teacher wrote me a thank-you note and wrote that “there is much ignorance in the South, but not in the Temple family.”

I created and taught music lessons on Black History Month every year. We love all people. I worked at Christian churches for 16 years as organist and choir director and volunteer in my church choir all my life.

Elizabeth Temple