Tyese R. Hunter for School Board District 6

"And how are the children?"

"It is still the traditional greeting among the Masai, acknowledging the high value that the Masai always place on their children's well-being. Even warriors with no children of their own would always give the traditional answer, "All the children are well." Meaning, of course, that peace and safety prevail, that the priorities of protecting the young, the powerless, are in place. That Masai society has not forgotten its reason for being, its proper functions and responsibilities. "All the children are well" means that life is good. It means that the daily struggles for existence do not preclude proper caring for their young.

I wonder how it might affect our consciousness of our own children's welfare if in our culture we took to greeting each other with this daily question: "And how are the children?" I wonder if we heard that question and passed it along to each other a dozen times a day, if it would begin to make a difference in the reality of how children are thought of or cared about in our own country.

I wonder if every adult among us, parent and non-parent alike, felt an equal weight for the daily care and protection of all the children in our community, in our town, in our state, in our country... I wonder if we could truly say without any hesitation, "The children are well, yes, all the children are well."

What would it be like... if the minister began every worship service by answering the question, "And how are the children?" If every town leader had to answer the question at the beginning of every meeting: "And how are the children? Are they all well?" Wouldn't it be interesting to hear their answers? What would it be like? I wonder..." Patrick T. O'Neill

Painting of Tylani E. Hunter by James R. Threalkill

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Tyese R. Hunter, M.Ed., CCC-SLP


School Board District 6

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About Me

Married with three children
Daughter of a retired Police Sergeant
Current Metro Nashville Public Schools Board member
Auburn University alumna
Tennessee State University alumna
Veteran of United States Naval Reserves
Licensed Speech Language Pathologist
Coordinator of Student Externships, Tennessee State University
Clinical Supervisor, Tennessee State University
Member of Mt Zion Baptist Church for eighteen years
Parent Teacher Organization President (PTO)
Yogi and runner
Navy Meritorious Service Medal
Navy Commendation Medal

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