MISSION, VISION, AND HISTORY

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VISION

Langston League aims to align our work with organizations seeking to disrupt and level the academic playing field in underserved communities, creating generations of scholars that defy the status quo by rising above it.

MISSION

Langston League creates mirrors for scholars to see themselves in the world. We accomplish this in three ways: designing culturally relevant/responsive fun and equitable curriculum, enacting professional development, and performance. We are a team of designers and consultants, still active in the classroom by day, seeking to address educational and opportunistic inequalities in at-promise communities, schools, organizations, and hearts.

Although education is always evolutionary, we are adamant about picking up the pace. We are educators that continue to fight the status quo by scripting our stories and the ones of our scholars into lessons, placing books with a rainbow of protagonists on the shelves, and using language that empowers our students. Our work is intentional and inclusive of media and texts that feature all people, is relevant to then and now, and defies limits.

We pride ourselves on individualizing instructional material. We immerse ourselves in your culture(s), watch our pedagogy at work, and modify to fit the ever-changing needs of your scholars.

Our primary focus is literacy, infused with S.T.E.A.M.d elements–science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics, and design. All curriculum culminates into diverse learning events and projects that encourage performance, activism, entrepreneurship, computational skills, critical thinking, and more.


HISTORY

Our founder, Erica Buddington, came up with the idea for Langston League sitting on Langston Hughes’ house steps during her lunch breaks. When folks hear our company name, they immediately assume that we’re a creative writing organization. Yes, we’re adamant about literacy…but we’re so much more.

Langston Hughes’ jazz poetry, plays, short stories, and more depicted real life experiences that were relevant to African-Americans’ triumphs and tribulations. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is a comic book with a set of diverse characters that have extraordinary powers to protect the interests of an empire. Their powers are unconventional, in the realm of superheroes, and they’re often not even seen as powers. Our children are the future of our empire and thus need something extraordinary. Langston League is a group of talented and powerful educators, who might not have had the autonomy, authority, and access to provide the relevancy and unconventional strategies our scholars need in a system designed to create a one-size-fits-all education…until now.