Not since Afrikan Peoples Action School (APAS) has there been such excellence in education.
Sprout U. School of the Arts, coincidentally occupying the same building as APAS did years ago, presented The Lion King and their kids seemed like seasoned professionals.
Danielle Miller-Winrow the head mistress has put together a staff and associates, including Ms. Sarah Dash, of the Supremes fame, which is faithful to kids they teach. This staff works with these children, imparting to them confidence, a health work ethic and persistence to see the job through to it’s completion. “These kids are locked in and dedicated”, said Mao’dreh Mal in a facebook post.
We Remember Denise McNair, Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley and Carole Robertson
At 10:22 am on the morning of September 15, 1963 11-year old Denise McNair, and 14-year-old Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley and Carole Robertson along with some 200 members of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama were attending Sunday school classes before the start of the 11 am service when a bomb detonated on the church’s east side, spraying mortar and bricks from the front of the church and caving in its interior walls. More than 20 people were injured from the blast. The bodies of Denise McNair, Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley and Carole Robertson were found beneath the rubble in the basement murdered by white supremacists terrorists.
14-year-old Nakia Venant allegedly broadcast her death on Facebook Live.
It is unthinkable, but happening. Little Black girls are killing themselves.
The causes include disproportionate exposure to violence and traumatic stress, aggressive school discipline, and depression, according to researchers and mental health experts.
Counselors and child advocates believe the disturbing trend can be reversed with love, commitment, and support services.
According to a 2015 study of trends by the Journal of the American Medical Association, children’s suicide rates have significantly doubled for Black children in the last two decades, and decreased for White children.
For Black youth (ages 10-19), the rate of male suicides (5.59 per 100,000) was three times higher than that of young Black females (1.87 per 100,000), according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
There’s a real John Sidney McCain III and there’s a fake one, manufactured for the public relations of US empire. Imperial PR needs to justify, even sanctify the ecocidal and genocidal rule of the rich by portraying its servants not as the venal and bloodthirsty thieves they are, but as the brightest, the best, the most noble and deserving among us. The Manufactured McCain whom the corporate media will spend another week on top of the previous one lifting up to the heavens bears only passing resemblance to the real John McCain. The real McCain was no hero. He was a lying, bribe taking, neo-nazi sympathizing politician and war criminal, who served the US empire and himself for all of his long life.
It’s clear that prison officials are doing all that they can to suppress strike actions and prisoners’ organizing of the strike. However, prisoners are rising up in institutions across the country – and now internationally – in protest of the living and working conditions in the prisons.
I have learned that it is not enough to not be a racist. It’s not enough to hate the Klan or denounce white supremacists. I am learning to become anti-racist.
Anti-racism is more of an action than a feeling. I’m learning to take action to promote equity and to call out injustice. I am learning to lean into doing my part to help this country that I love I become true to our promise of justice for all.
Men and women incarcerated in prisons across the nation declare a nationwide strike in response to the riot in Lee Correctional Institution, a maximum security prison in South Carolina. Seven comrades lost their lives during a senseless uprising that could have been avoided had the prison not been so overcrowded from the greed wrought by mass incarceration, and a lack of respect for human life that is embedded in our nation’s penal ideology. These men and women are demanding humane living conditions, access to rehabilitation, sentencing reform and the end of modern day slavery.
You may question, how do I protect my children and keep them aware at the same time? You do this by infusing their life with culture, giving them a strong sense of self, teaching them about how strong our people are, and by teaching them to be proud of every inch of who they are. Show them positive Black images in books, Black people who are accomplishing great things, take them to African-American museums and talk about what you saw, and then tell them why they are great too. You have to build up their positive sense of self because there will be plenty of people in this world who will try to tear them down. They cannot do that if you have built a strong foundation.
The governor, in his letter to the president, said it’s a “tragic irony” that so many from Guam laid down their lives and thousands more fought and bled on foreign shores in the service of America’s most cherished ideal of defending democracy, yet they cannot vote for their commander-in-chief, the American president.