Lynwood High School Ethnic Studies Visit

Lynwood High School ethnic studies students toured Cal State University Long Beach, sat in on a history class, received student support advice and talked with CSULB students about Black and Latinx student life as part of the inaugural College Bridge: An Ethnic Studies Exchange, a collaboration between Lynwood High teacher Ana Orozco and her former CSULB professor Dr. Emily Berquist, designed to introduce Orozco’s students to college life.

“As a senior and first-generation student, my experience was motivational,” Lynwood High senior Andrea Lopez said. “Sitting in a college classroom and listening to Dr. Berquist’s lecture made me realize how college might be challenging, but there are many resources available for you to succeed in life. As a Latina, I feel proud of myself for stepping outside my comfort zone and challenging myself for a better future. Everything is possible if you have the will to change.”

Orozco’s students prepared for Berquist’s history class by reading a passage that focused on the 18th-century Tupac Amaru Indian resistance movement against Spanish rule in Peru. Berquist led a classroom discussion, followed by breakout sessions led by CSULB history students.

After a campus tour and lunch, Orozco, a 2014 CSULB graduate, led a student life presentation by describing the thrill of discovering her life’s calling inside a college classroom.

“My life changed when I took my first cultural studies class at Long Beach,” Orozco said. “There are so many voices that go unheard, and so often we hear only one side of the conversation. I realized then I wanted to teach an ethnic studies class and stress how important it is for people of color to speak up and be part of the conversation.”

CSULB Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) Student Organization President Justin Hatchett made a tremendous impression on the Lynwood students by rejecting the socioeconomic barriers that conspire to hold back students of color.

“It doesn’t matter where I come from,” Hatchett said. “It only matters where I am going.”

This sentiment resounded with Lynwood High senior Shayla Ritchie.

“The things that inspired me at CSULB were the students – students like me who share the same struggle, who can succeed no matter what their background, Ritchie said. “Hearing their stories motivate me to pursue my future. Those students opened my eyes.”

The visit concluded with a college-bound workshop where the students met with representatives from EOP, student support services and the Dreamers Success Center, learning about the admissions and application process, financial aid, scholarships and the resources and support available to undocumented students in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Orozco and Berquist plan to make College Bridge an annual spring event, where ethnic studies students will review the same passage on Tupac Amaru and participate in a series of workshops.

“For Lynwood Unified students, college is more than a dream, it is their birthright as Americans,” LUSD Superintendent Gudiel R. Crosthwaite said. “The College Bridge Exchange at CSULB gives our students the opportunity to see the inclusiveness that is reshaping higher education, and demonstrates how their presence and participation is vital to their future success as well as the democratic process. Thank you to Ms. Orozco and Dr. Berquist for providing this service on behalf of our community.”

 

Barbershops and Black Men's Health

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If you want more black men to visit the doctor's office, sometimes you have to bring the doctor's office to them. A registered nurse, Tamara Files, spent her Saturday afternoon checking vital signs of almost a dozen people. Mostly men, local residents were given free check-ups, having their weight, blood pressure and blood sugar measured. Was this a health fair or free health clinic? No, this all took place at a barbershop.

"Generally, black men don't go to the doctor, so this is a good way to reach young black men and older black men on a Saturday morning, in the barber shop, in the comfort zone of their community."

"There's a lot of health education that needs to happen in the black community," said Files.

50 barbershops joined in the annual Black Barbershop Health Initiative, sponsored by the Fort Wayne Commission on African American Males and the Indiana Commission on the Social Status of Black Males.

Typically, sports, politics, money, cars and even fashion dominate conversations in barbershops. Rarely, if ever, is health a topic for discussion. A few of the barbers working that day said that men open up about their personal lives while in the chair, but few ever talk about their health. One of the barbers, Harvist Higgins, says he's been on a health-kick the last seven years encouraging his clients to take better care of themselves and visit the doctor regularly.

Files says she believes black men don't visit the doctor because of mistrust. “I do believe that some people think not knowing (their vital statistics) is best for them, but that can kill them. High blood pressure is a silent killer that eats away at the insides before symptoms appear."

The idea of providing health screenings at barbershops is a noble one; this concept is something that can be replicated across the country. Gun violence isn’t the only thing putting black lives in jeopardy, the lack of focus on health poses as big a threat to the lives on black men of all ages. We have to do better.

 

The Lynwood College Promise

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Lynwood Unified School District is launching a partnership with Compton College that will provide graduates with priority registration, guaranteed admission, financial aid assistance and programs to help with college readiness starting with the class of 2019.
 
The College Promise Partnership between Lynwood Unified and Compton College, which was approved in August 2017, will be solidified at a signing ceremony in April, with representatives from the college and the district pledging their efforts to ensure student success.
 
“We are extremely proud to enter into this partnership with Compton College so that we can continue our commitment to our students in creating higher education opportunities,” Lynwood Unified Superintendent Gudiel R. Crosthwaite said. “At Lynwood Unified, we believe that having administrative support and guaranteed admissions will encourage more students to achieve academic excellence.”
 
As part of the College Promise Partnership, Lynwood Unified graduates who enroll in 12 units will receive free tuition and waived enrollment fees during the first year of college.
 
“A college-going culture is necessary for economic growth in local communities,” Dr. Keith Curry, President of Compton College, said. “The Lynwood College Promise agreement will help build an awareness beginning in middle school that higher education is accessible for LUSD families.”

Compton College will assist Lynwood graduates in completing the steps to register as well as applying for financial aid. The College also provides summer bridge classes that help students with English and math placement.
 
Students will have access to support programs, such as the First Year Experience, which helps ease the transition to college by providing guidance in choosing a major and career path while teaching study skills for individual and group learning.
 
The partnership will extend beyond graduating students to target sixth-graders and their parents to assist with early college and career planning. This will also include all middle school students signing the ‘To & Through Pledge,’ which states they are committed to pursuing higher education.
 
The District’s graduation rate climbed from 58.6 percent in 2010-2011 to 84.4 percent in 2016-17. Lynwood Unified educators are working to increase the number of graduates who pursue higher education.

Dear Starbucks,

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Contrary to what your tweets say, your policies didn't lead to arrests, racism and discrimination did. As much as you want us to believe those young black men being walked out of your store in handcuffs came to that end because of your policies, racism and discrimination from your employees was the cause. Issuing an apology absent the truth won't end the boycott, and it won't make black folks feel safe sitting in your coffee shops. Terminating the employees that called the police, calling this incident what it is, and addressing your policies might.

Thursday, two young black men were arrested for doing what so many of us have done, sitting in a coffee shop waiting to meet someone without making a purchase. Those who witnessed the incident said the manager never told the men to make a purchase or leave. Instead, she called the police and told them the men were trespassing. What did they do to prompt the manager to call the police? They asked to use the restroom.

One eye-witness said, "The two young men politely asked why they were being told to leave and were not given a reason other than the manager asked the two men to leave, saying they would be trespassing if they did not leave."

The two young black men, real estate agents, were waiting for their business partner who arrived as they were being put in handcuffs.

Witnesses added these young men were polite and cordial, never raising their voices or becoming aggressive. I'm glad they remained calm as I watched the video which made my heart pound, however, I would not have blamed them for getting upset; this happens too frequently, and it often ends up with the use of force being justified on young black men. I do not believe that all police are bad or racist, but the fact of the matter is this country has a long-standing history of police being complicit in racial bias and racism.

Unfortunately, we can now add sitting in a coffee to the list of things young black men cannot do without being confronted by police. To say race wasn't an issue, in this case, would be a gross mischaracterization of this incident and a flat-out lie. By many first-hand accounts, there were other people present who had not purchased anything. Some of them were allowed to use the restroom and go on about their business unimpeded, but they were not young black men.

The reality is, when young black men aren't wearing suits and ties while doing things everyone else does, they often end up wearing handcuffs while doing things everyone else does. I'd be willing to bet everything I own that, even if they were wearing suits they  would not have been accosted.

I appreciate Starbucks CEO, Kevin Johnson, issuing an apology and reaching out to meet with these young men, but an apology and meeting have to be part of a systemic change in the way Starbucks views people of color, especially at this store in Philadelphia. The manager that called the police owes these young men an apology.

 

“Why Do I Write?”

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By Cheryl Coleman

When I was asked to write a blog several months ago, my first thought was I don’t write! Yet, blogging has now become a very enjoyable and relaxing experience. On this blogging journey, my thought process has changed from “I can’t do this”, to “let me write to share my personal experiences with  friends, family and other parents”. It’s actually pretty simple- when you are passionate about something, you want to share it with the world. Whether I am talking about education, my community or even the challenges we still face as black women and men, writing is the perfect way to share my passion.

It has also helped me reinforce things I preach to my daughter. Writing requires discipline, time and commitment. When my daughter sees me set aside time to write and I stick with that schedule It shows her how dedicated I am.

Writing allows me to voice my opinion, share my ideas, thoughts, and feelings with other people. It’s also a great way to build awareness in the community. My hope is that my blogs provide information to others that can be beneficial to them or someone they know.

When Things Come Full Circle

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With 56% of the vote, Uduak-Joe Ntuk upset Joe Kellogg, the incumbent and longest-tenured board member serving the Long Beach Community College District.

Ntuk, a professor at Long Beach State and the son of immigrants, ran on a platform built around vocational training, free public transportation for Long Beach City College students, boosting graduation and transfer rates as well as dual degree programs for high school students. Emphasizing the benefits of dual degree programs, Uduak-Joe says, "Students would be able to increase their earnings power after high school or be well on their way to completing a four-year degree."

His academic career started at Long Beach City College bringing his journey full circle as he is now set to be sworn in to serve the students who will now follow his footsteps and the communities he and his family has called home for generations.

"North Long Beach turned out to vote, and they wanted to go in a different direction than the status quo. We finally have representation that looks like Long Beach. I think that's a good thing for everybody, no matter your background."

Ntuk's election welcomes a new era of educational leadership in Long Beach and surrounding communities as he is set to be sworn in July 24.

 

Equity is Justice

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Building on the 2014 Equity is Justice resolution, the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education unanimously approved a measure that will invest $25 million into the district's lowest-performing schools. The School Equity Needs Index, a resolution, also asks the Superintendent to create a working group to ensure the community has input in where resources are directed.

LAUSD School Board President, Monica Garcia, said, "Action has defined progress in America and progress in our district. The path towards 100 percent graduation is an imperfect process that requires urgency and a new direction. With today's action, each school community maintains their budget and our highest needs schools receive an injection of additional investment. We thank every partner for student success that puts kids first."

The index aims to respond to the environment of communities that result in trauma for students as barriers to education, such as violence, poverty, and pollution. Creating opportunity for students and communities of color crucial to academic success; it is equally important to work to treat the trauma that prevents those students from learning and taking advantage of pathways built for them.

"Today's unanimous vote is a historic moment, as the LAUSD school board puts black and Latino high-needs students first by adopting the Student Equity Need Index 2.0," said Aurea Montes-Rodriguez, Executive Vice President at Community Coalition in a statement.

 

National Library Week

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By Shawnta Barnes

Observed the second week of April and sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA), this year, April 8-14 is National Library Week, marking the 60th year of this initiative.  This year’s theme is “Libraries Lead.”  American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Misty Copeland is the honorary chair; she is the first black woman to ever serve in this capacity.  Copeland wants people to, “Discover your passions and achieve your goals at the library.” 

National Library Week first began in 1958.  According to the ALA, evidence showed, “Americans were spending less on books and more on radios, televisions and musical instruments.”  This week was created, “based on the idea that once people were motivated to read, they would support and use libraries.” 

Libraries are more than a place to read books. Community groups meet at the library, family activities are offered, and classes from the youngest to the oldest learner are available.  The Indianapolis Public Library highlighted a few activities available this week at various library branches across the city:  

Teens are invited to the program, "Paint Your ‘Art' Out," on April 13 at 3 p.m. at the Decatur Branch and on April 14 at 12 noon at the West Indianapolis Branch, where they can paint like a pro with techniques that include color blending, 
gradation of color and layering. Parents can bring their children ages 5 - 11 for the "Not So Ugly Duckling: Children's Opera" on April 12 at 6:30 p.m at the Brightwood Branch. The Indianapolis Opera will present a variation of this classic children's story. 

Also throughout the week, adults are invited for a variety of programs that include craft workshops, book discussions and technology programs. 

If you have not been to your local library lately, check it out and explore all the opportunities available.  Activities vary at each library across the city, so check with your local branch for specific details.

Next year, National Library Week will take place April 7-13.

Charter Association Will Drop Lawsuits Against LAUSD

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California Charter Schools Association will drop their lawsuits against LAUSD, in which they were seeking classroom space and construction money from the district.  They have decided that a collaborative approach will be most beneficial to meet their needs.

"It takes time, money and effort to litigate," said Ricardo Soto, general counsel for the charter group. "Maybe it's better to see if we can find the time and opportunity for collaboration."

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Parents Respond to Education Advocate Opportunities

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Silvia Flores, a parent of two LAUSD scholars made the choice to become a parent advocate to bolster her children’s educations.  Alliance for a Better Community offers the Parent Advocate Training Program, motivating parents to partner with their children and educators for academic success.

“At those training sessions, I learned that my children have the right to quality education and how can I defend that for them. I will continue training myself to learn more about how to support my children to get to college, because I know being involved will make the difference.”

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MLK50 Honors King's Legacy, Pushes for Social Progress

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April 4, 1968.

Like the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, the assassination of President Kennedy on November 22nd and other events of national importance, it was a day that would live in infamy.

This was the day, exactly 50 years ago, that marked the death of one of the Civil Rights Movement’s most notable and cherished leaders, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

For the Memphis black sanitation workers with whom he fought during his final days, King’s death was bittersweet.

Although undeniably tragic, King’s untimely death swayed the tide of public sentiment in the favor of the city’s black sanitation employees who went on strike in February of 1968 to fight for higher pay and safer working conditions.

Outrage over King’s passing galvanized a formerly divided Memphis community. Whites, especially clergymen, who stood on the sidelines as passive bystanders that remained neutral in their position on the ongoing strike before King died became active supporters of the sanitation worker after King’s assassination.

With their newfound support and more broad-based coalition, the black sanitation workers pressured then Mayor Henry Loeb to allow the city to finally negotiate with the black workers labor union.

On April 16th, 14 days after King’s killing, the men of the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME’s) Local 1733 were victorious and ended the strike after the City Council met their labor demands.

But King’s death dealt a devastating blow to the progress of the Civil Rights Movement. It would mark the end of a golden era of social, racial, and economic progress for African Americans.

50 years later, many organizations and people host celebrations that honor King’s sacrifice, but most importantly, that reflect on his life and legacy.

One of the largest ceremonies honoring Dr. King is organized by the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) and AFSCME – both organizations played a critical role in supporting the Black Sanitation Workers Strike of 1968 which Dr. King eventually led as part of his larger and final effort, the Poor People’s Campaign.

In a full-circle moment, Memphis Temple COGIC and AFSCME are hosting one of the largest memorials for Dr. King called the I AM 2018 Conference.

The I AM 2018 Conference – which references the I AM A MAN slogan on the black sanitation workers protest signs that captured their outcry during their strike – seeks to resuscitate the ideals and efforts that King fought for half a century ago.

This 3-day celebration not only celebrates King’s life but seeks to continue his legacy.

The Presiding Bishop of COGIC, Bishop Charles Blake, has a keen social awareness of the truth in Tony Benn’s quote, “Every generation must fight their own battles again and again. There’s no final victory and there’s no final defeat.”

Since King’s death, and because of his life’s work, our nation has made progress by leaps and bounds. Among the bills that King played an instrumental role in passing were the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the 1965 Voting Rights Act, and the 1968 Fair Housing Act.

Each of these constitutional amendments signaled the end of government-backed, legalized racial discrimination.

But the fight against discrimination, for equality, justice, and basic human dignity continues today. The people, places, and circumstances surrounding social injustice may change, but the core issues remain.

African Americans still claim some of the worst indicators for quality of life. Blacks still fight to receive fair wages, quality schools, decent housing, and fair treatment under the criminal justice system.

Given this reality, Bishop Blake is bringing together those within the faith and labor communities to place pressure on city officials in urban areas where racial discrimination still rears its ugly head.

In 2017, Blake – who believes that churches can be a force for social change – demanded that the St. Louis Mayor investigate acts of deadly force by police officers after protests erupted when ex-police officer Jason Stockley was acquitted of wrongdoing in a deadly shooting.

Blake plans to continue to apply pressure on elected officials when appropriate to hold them accountable for their actions.

Coalitions like COGIC and AFSME keep hope alive that King’s message, ideals, and tactics for social change can be revived and that his legacy can be protected from the threat of reversal.

For King’s supporters, the next big milestone is to look ahead 50 years from now and begin imagining the kind of progress that King would have wanted to achieve had he still been alive and then planning actions that will make King’s dream a reality.

To watch the celebration of the I AM Conference, go to IAM2018.org.

 

Don’t Create a False Narrative Using Dr. King’s Words

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I often think about what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s murder meant to those responsible. I wonder what they hoped to accomplish and whether or not hate was their central motivation. At any rate, looking back on his assassination 50 years later, we have the opportunity to ensure his legacy and dreams live on through those of us who picked up the torch where he laid it down.  

In carrying on his dream through us, we have to make sure we protect the rich legacy he cemented. We can't let anyone pimp his vision or words to fit a false narrative. During the height of the protests in Ferguson and Baltimore, I heard folks on Fox News assert that Dr. King would be ashamed of the demonstrations whether they were peaceful or when they turned violent. They said Dr. King would never block a sidewalk or public street and that he would be ashamed of Colin Kaepernick's protests. In reality, Dr. King was as polarizing as the Black Lives Matter movement or Colin Kaepernick is today. He sympathized with rioters and protesters understanding their actions were rooted in their resistance to oppression, violence, and disenfranchisement. He understood the language and the plight of the unheard.

It is imperative that we all study his words and work to understand his dream better and allow it to live on through us. A common mistake about Dr. King is that he only cared about issues that affected black people. When in reality, he routinely spoke out about injustices he saw globally, no matter whom they impacted. Before his murder, Dr. King reached out to Cesar Chavez to begin working on the poor people's movement, where he would unite the cause of poor people in America regardless of race, working to end unfair labor practice and eradicate income inequality. If we all understood and held true to King's words of, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere," we would all do better as we respond to the needs of humanity where ever a threat to life existed.

50 years later, black and brown bodies are devalued in America. Schools are still segregated. Income inequality, unfair labor practices, and a corrupt criminal justice system continue to fuel poverty. The bullet that took his life was also meant to kill his dream and everything he represented. We have to make sure that bullet only did damage to his body, not the soul of our movement. We have much more work to do. Progress has been incremental and slow, there have been many setbacks. But I imagine if Dr. King were alive today, he'd remind us "We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope." The work did not die 50 years ago; it had only begun.

 

Life’s Blueprint

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By Cheryl Kirk

It has been fifty years since the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I believe there are so many changes of which he would have been proud. It is true there has been much advancement for people of color in the fifty years that have passed, but we still have work to do.

One area I believe he would be disappointed about is the lack of access to quality education for poor and minority students. In the fifty years since his assassination, there are still a vast majority of poor and minority children across the country, including my home state of Indiana, who have not been given a fair chance. 

In his speech to Barratt Junior High students in Philadelphia six months before his assassination, he asked, “What is your life’s blueprint?”

Don’t allow anybody to make you feel that you’re nobody. Always feel that you count. Always feel that you have worth, and always feel that your life has ultimate significance. Secondly, in your life’s blueprint, you must have as a basic principle the determination to achieve excellence in your various fields of endeavor. 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would want parents, teachers, the legislature, and community leaders to work together to create a blueprint that builds success for all children. He would want to ensure that all children felt their success was important, no matter their circumstance or zip code. 

Indiana is leading the nation in creating a blueprint for success for our most vulnerable children. Children like mine who were able to bypass failing schools because of school choice. As my twins are preparing to graduate high school in a few months and head to college with several academic scholarship offers and my fifth grader is preparing to compete with his robotics team at a world competition, I am thankful for the opportunity my children now have because of school choice. These are opportunities I believe they would not have been afforded if not for school choice. 

Although we still have a long way to go to ensure all children have access to quality education options, I believe Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would be happy with the progress Indiana is making in its blueprint to provide quality education to all children. As a community, we must have the determination for our children to achieve excellence, so that they always feel they have worth and they count. 

Black Girl Magic

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By Marlena Little

During Women’s History Month, it is easy to highlight the accomplishments from women near and far, both locally and nationally. It’s true, we are in the era of #BlackGirlMagic, where the essence of who a black woman is has been recognized and finally celebrated.

In honor of women everywhere, I honor the little girls and young women who, haven’t walked into what is already done and are living in what is.

Dear Black Girl Magic;

You are Magic. The kind of Magic that makes you look twice because its so illuminating. You sparkle from the natural light inside. Shine, Black Girl!

You are favored, Divinely created. Your smile, your grace, your stance, your name. You are destined for more than you can imagine, worth more than you could ever fathom.

You are a part of an intricate tapestry of awesomeness, from Sojourner Truth to Claudette Colvin, Angela Davis to Yara Shahidi, Ava DuVernay to Naomi Wadler. Who you are is already woven, beautifully added in time, refusing to unravel.

We walk tall so that you may see our shadow. We make mistakes so you won’t have to. We speak your name and cry your tears. You are the epitome of persistence, the essence of determination and will.

You refuse to sweat - in fact, you sparkle!

Shine on, Black Girl!

Let us hold you up when you need strength to speak against what you face – in the classroom and on the block. Let us walk beside you in support when you march for your life.

Keep Shining, Black Girl!

You have the world at your fingertips, access to places, people and things we could have only imagined. We fight so you can walk through, climb up and burst the ceiling that exists for us.

 

 

Pamela Richardson-Teacher of the Year

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In the final days of Women's Month, Compton College Welding Instructor, Pamela Richardson, is being honored by the American Welding Society as Teacher of the Year.

Pamela Richardson's passion for welding and experiences are the root of her dedication to teaching her students a trade she has found to be very rewarding. "I find that it is most rewarding when some of my students who did not think they could attend and survive college, let alone attain a degree, actually complete these dreams and become employed in high-paying jobs."

In 1992, after being overcharged by a mechanic when her car broke down, Pamela began welding. She became a certified welder in 1994 taking automotive repair classes and working her way up to welding classes while pregnant.

Richardson would go on to earn her bachelor's degree in business management from the University of Phoenix and her master's degree in educational leadership from the National University.

20 years later, she has decades of experience in welding, working on notable projects like the Los Angeles Metro Rail's Red Line and well-known architects like Thoman Mayne.

Before becoming a full-time welding instructor at Compton College, she served as an adjunct instructor of welding at El Camino Compton College Compton Center and Rio Hondo College. Offering advice to women in the field, she said "Stick with it, and don't let the guys discourage you! Make sure you attain a degree so you can expand your trade."

One of her students, having just completed her program said, "She is very good at what she does and always excited to help students out and talk about welding."

The American Welding Society is a globally recognized organization with more than 73,000 members in 22 districts and 250 student chapters.

 

Linda Brown

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In a time where there were 18 all-white schools and only two schools for black children, Oliver Brown decided to enroll his daughter in Sumner Elementary School, the all-white school closest to their home. When the school refused to admit his daughter, he would file a lawsuit and take his case all the way to the supreme court leading to the landmark ruling in Brown v. The Board of Education, desegregating schools, ruling separate public schools for black children unconstitutional. 

Linda Brown, the student at the center of the consequential court case, died Sunday at the age of 75.

Governor Jeff Colyer tweeted "Sixty-four years ago a young girl from Topeka brought a case that ended legal segregation in public schools in America." Adding, "Linda Brown's life reminds us that sometimes the most unlikely people can have an incredible impact and that by serving our community we can truly change the world."

Under the counsel of Thurgood Marshall, Brown v. Board was combined with four other school segregation cases, Briggs v. Elliot, Davis v. Board of Education of Prince Edward County, Boiling v. Sharpe, and Gebhart v. Ethel when the United States Supreme Court ruled unanimously to overturn the 1896 ruling of Plessy v. Ferguson. 

It would take three years, more legal battles and protests before segregation in schools ceased. Federal troops stood guard as the Little Rock 9 integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. 

When speaking about the court case in 1985, Linda Brown commented, "I feel that 30 years, looking back on Brown v. The Board of Education, it has made an impact in all facets of life for minorities throughout the land. I think of it regarding what it has done for our young people, in taking away that feeling of second-class citizenship. I think it has made the dreams, hopes, and aspirations of our young people greater, today." 

In a statement, Sherrilyn Ifill, President of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund said, "The life of every American has been touched by Linda Brown. This country is indebted to her, the Brown family, and the many other families involved in the cases that successfully challenged school segregation."

Less Talk/More Action

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The lowest performing schools in LA are not getting the support that they deserve from state Board of Education.  Parents and concerned citizens want to know which schools are faring worse than others and want to ensure that all schools get the support they need and deserve.

“Districts across the state, some of which are doing a decent job overall, are hiding schools that are performing egregiously and denying their students the high-quality education they need and deserve. Most of these significantly struggling schools overwhelmingly serve students of color and low-income students.”

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