Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:15
Shanell McCoy - Youthprise Intern
Ask most youth about black history and it will go something like this: black people were slaves and then Abe Lincoln set them free. After that, Martin Luther King Jr. marched and Rosa Parks said no to a white man on a bus so that black people could sit in the front even though most of the time they still sit in the back. Then, Obama became president and the struggle was over.
Recently at the Capitol, Senator Bobby Joe Champion (DFL – Minneapolis) gave students from Banaadir Academy a tour of the building. The Banaadir Academy is a charter school in Minneapolis that promotes “a safe, caring environment for diverse students.” When Sen. Champion showed the kids the basement in the Capitol, one of them asked, “Can you drive cars through the tunnel?”
A Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) program that helps former and current students obtain their high school diploma is reaching out to those who attended MPS between 2000 and 2012 and need to pass one or more state tests to graduate high school.
During a coronation ceremony on Monday, January 28 at Benilde-St. Margaret, senior Jonathan Sutton was chosen by his peers to serve as the 2013 Grand Knight. Jonathan and his date, Marielle Arostegui, reigned over the Snowball Dance, a “girl-ask-guy” formal dance, which was held, Saturday, February 1. Other Grand Knight candidates included seniors Nolan Ahlm, James Borin, Patrick Graham, Gavin McLain, and Tommy Sprenger. Emcee for coronation was Peter Best. More information is at www.BSMschool.org.
David Branch leads North High Senior Academy Program
Tuesday, 29 January 2013 17:32
Ivan Phifer, Staff Writer
North Community High School has seen its fair share of changes, struggles, media frenzy, and various principals in a short time period along with a decrease in attendance.
Conflict (and cooperation) between newly arrived African immigrants and the African American community. Co-hosted by Reverend Jerry McAfee, Pastor of New Salem Missionary Baptist Church. Abdirizak Bihi, Director of the Somali Education and Social Advocacy Center. Jackie Cherryhomes, former member of Minneapolis City Council and candidate for Minneapolis Mayor. Patwin Lawrence, Board Chair for the Council on Black Minnesotans.