History-maker Winsome Earl-Sears hopes education will help lift children out of poverty

RICHMOND, VA — When Winsome Earl-Sears is sworn in as the next lieutenant governor of Virginia, she will be the first woman of color and the first woman of color to assume the role.

But, she said that she doesn’t pay attention to it.

Earle-Sears said, “I didn’t run to be anything before. I knew it was a possibility, I just wanted to help.”

Earle-Sears, who was visited by Winsome Sears during the race on the advice of mentors, said she was reverting to her hyphenated last name, which includes her first name, Earle.

“When my father came over in 1963, MLK gave his ‘I Have a Dream Speech,’ it was 17 days, so they came at the height of the civil rights movement, they only came up with a dollar seventy-five,” Earle- Sears said.

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Republicans said that his background as a Jamaican immigrant who arrived in the United States at the age of six shaped his worldview that with hard work and education, a child, even one living in abject poverty People can be whatever they want.

“I know the struggle, and I want all kids to know that while they can be here, they can do what I’ve done, there’s nothing special in it other than staying in school and studying,” Earle- Sears said. “Education will lift everyone out of poverty.”

We met Earle-Sears at Holly Knoll in Gloucester, the retirement home of Robert Motten, the second principal of the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama.

Motten believed that black Americans should elevate themselves through education, which is also what Earl-Sears preached.

In fact, she said that it was this issue that prompted her to jump in the race for the lieutenant governor.

Earle-Sears said, “I just saw my kids stuttering and COVID made it worse with all the closures.” “You see what’s happening in other states now, unions closing schools, this ain’t gonna work, it ain’t gonna work, it ain’t gonna work, it ain’t gonna work.”

She hopes to bring school choice to Virginia through vouchers, which will allow parents to choose where they want to send their children to school, whether it’s a local public school, charter school, or private school.

“We need competition in education, competition lifts all boats, so if public schools aren’t going to open, give parents a chance to choose,” Earle-Sears said.

While the CDC recommends universal indoor masking of all students ages two and older, Earle-Sears is concerned about forced masking.

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“Children are suffering from what I hear, especially at a young age, pathologists are saying. Kids aren’t able to form their own words, so they can see their mouths,” Earle-Sears said.

She advises everyone to get the COVID vaccine, but added that no one should be forced to do so.

Earle-Sears said, “That’s what they do in other countries. This is America, we have to defend our freedoms, and we have to understand when enough is enough.”

Earle-Sears said mental health care for children was an issue that hit close to home.

His daughter and two young granddaughters died in a car accident in 2012.

“My daughter when she had episodes, we wouldn’t know where she was, and at one point she was in prison because there was no hospital for her, and it happens all the time,” Earle-Sears said. “We have the money now that we can finally tell you ahead to take care of it.”

We continue to hear from parents facing childcare challenges due to staffing problems, high costs and limited spaces at daycare centers.

Earle-Sears said she confronted herself as a mother of three, and said she would like to know more about the issue, and that she is open to all solutions.

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