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090915i-Manikka-BowmanFrom the Manikka Bowman for School Committee campaign, Sept. 2, 2015: Manikka Bowman launches her campaign for School Committee from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Rev. Thomas J. Williams Park, at Dudley and Cedar streets, North Cambridge. This event is family friendly, and children are welcome. Guest speakers include state Rep. Marjorie Decker; community activists Eva Martin Blythe and Renae Gray; racial justice educator and writer Debby Irving; and former chairman of the state Democratic Party John Walsh.

Bowman’s campaign is gaining momentum, reaching more than 1,500 Cambridge residents with handwritten postcards and securing donations from more than 110 people and families seeking a progressive voice for Cambridge students.

As a community development professional and mother of one, Bowman believes public education should be the institution that allows children from all backgrounds to unlock their talent and tap into their potential.

“I know the importance of quality public education,” Bowman said, “because I grew up in subsidized housing, and education was my bridge to opportunity.”

Committed to addressing the growing achievement gap in Cambridge public schools, Bowman seeks to empower teachers and administrators to address the needs of a diverse student body. “Educators are the solution,” she said, “not the problem.”

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