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NNPA NEWSWIRE — “The images that we’ve seen over the last 24 hours are horrific and I share the outrage being expressed by Americans across the country. This sort of mistreatment is an affront to the very conscience of this nation, and it is absolutely unacceptable,” said Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) in a statement issued to the press.
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WASHINGTON, D.C.— Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) issued the following statement on the treatment of Haitian migrants at the U.S. Border:
“The images that we’ve seen over the last 24 hours are horrific and I share the outrage being expressed by Americans across the country. This sort of mistreatment is an affront to the very conscience of this nation, and it is absolutely unacceptable.”
Beatty continued, “The Congressional Black Caucus has a long history of supporting our brothers and sisters across the Diaspora and we have pledged our support for the people of Haiti. To that end, I have called for an investigation into the actions of CBP and call on DHS Secretary Mayorkas to ensure that mistreatment and violence like this never happen again. The Congressional Black Caucus is actively monitoring developments and we are prepared to travel to the border to observe this situation ourselves. Treatment like this cannot be tolerated.”
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THE AFRO — Founded by a group of more than 30 Black business and civic leaders, the Black Philanthropy Circle was established to cultivate an inclusive philanthropic community, to build the capacity of Baltimore’s Black nonprofits, and to impact Greater Baltimore’s Black community at large. The Circle builds on a deep tradition of charitable giving in the Black community. According to a report from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, African Americans donate 25% more of their income per year than white Americans.
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BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Community Foundation (BCF) is proud to announce the launch of the Black Philanthropy Circle. The Black Philanthropy Circle is a non-profit 501(c)3 donor-advised fund focused on charitable giving to nonprofits that directly support Black people and communities in the Baltimore metropolitan area. The Circle has begun its first grantmaking cycle and is accepting applications through Feb. 28, 2022.
Founded by a group of more than 30 Black business and civic leaders, the Black Philanthropy Circle was established to cultivate an inclusive philanthropic community, to build the capacity of Baltimore’s Black nonprofits, and to impact Greater Baltimore’s Black community at large. The Circle builds on a deep tradition of charitable giving in the Black community. According to a report from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, African Americans donate 25% more of their income per year than white Americans.
“Baltimore has a rich history of Black philanthropy by individual men and women. The power of the Black Philanthropy Circle is the pooling of our funds together to support Black-led nonprofits and those that impact the Black community,” said Alicia Wilson, Esq., co-founder of the Black Philanthropy Circle and vice president for economic development at the Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Health System.
Most of the founding members contributed $10,000 or more to launch the fund, which distinguishes the group from other giving circles where the typical starting contribution is around $2,500.
“The Black Philanthropy Circle is an undeniable example that Black success and wealth thrive in Baltimore,” said Shanaysha Sauls, president and CEO of the Baltimore Community Foundation. “We at BCF are proud to partner with this incredible community of changemakers, who are dedicating their time and collective resources to pave the way for a stronger, more equitable Baltimore.”
For its first grantmaking cycle, the Circle plans to award $25,000 grants to nonprofits that are Black-led or based in Black communities in the Greater Baltimore area. Grant decisions will be made by spring 2022.
The Circle will give priority to organizations with the following areas of focus:
“Supporting organizations with such areas of focus will have a significant impact on the betterment of Black communities in the Baltimore metropolitan area,” said Savonne Ferguson, Esq., co-founder of the Black Philanthropy Circle and senior vice president, chief compliance officer (mutual funds) and associate general counsel at Neuberger Berman. “This support is critical to strengthening and moving Baltimore forward.”
More than $550,000 has already been raised in support of the Black Philanthropy Circle’s mission. The Circle plans to use its launch year to continue growing the fund and its membership base.
“The most thrilling part of the Black Philanthropy Circle is the sheer diversity within the group. It is a powerful convergence of an older generation of Black philanthropists with a new generation of Black philanthropists who desire to use their resources, power, and influence to positively impact a community that has given so much to them,” continued Wilson. “A significant segment of the Founding Black Philanthropy Circle members are in their late 30s and early 40s and are first generation, in a number of respects. Simply put, the Black Philanthropy Circle represents the greatest ideal of Black Baltimore — that we are better when we give, support, and care for one another.”
For more information about the Black Philanthropy Circle, visit bcf.org/fund/bpcirc/. For nonprofits interested in applying for a grant from the Black Philanthropy Circle, visit bcf.org/black-philanthropy-circle/.
About the Baltimore Community Foundation
For 50 years, the Baltimore Community Foundation (BCF) has connected people who are passionate about their city and purposeful in their philanthropy. BCF amplifies donors’ philanthropy with strategic grants, impact investments, special initiatives and advocacy to strengthen schools and neighborhoods. Visit http://www.bcf.org to discover meaningful giving, invest your funds wisely, and join a diverse community working for a better Baltimore.
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ATLANTA DAILY WORLD — “Wendy is grateful to everybody who has guest hosted,” the source, a show insider, told The Hollywood Reporter. Though Shepherd, former co-host of The View, hasn’t officially signed the deal, the source said Wendy is happy with the choice.
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“Wendy is grateful to everybody who has guest hosted,” the source, a show insider, told The Hollywood Reporter. Though Shepherd, former co-host of The View, hasn’t officially signed the deal, the source said Wendy is happy with the choice.
The former radio host has been on hiatus from her talk show since September 2021, when she left for health-related reasons. Rumors about a possible drug relapse, stroke, dementia, and more were sparked as Williams extended her hiatus.
According to the source, the rumors are not true, and Williams is battling health issues related to Graves disease –– an autoimmune illness she first announced she had in 2018. The disease causes overproduction of thyroid hormones.
It’s conditions relating to her Graves and some other issues,” the source said. “It’s not been easy. It’s going to take some time and work. Don’t expect her back this year. She’s not ready to host a show now and that’s what matters.”
According to TMZ‘s report, Shepherd will be set to take the reins as producers monitor Williams’ health. If she’s not better by the season premiere in September, there were reports that a new name for the should could be considered.
“It’s not fair and not fair to her audience. They deserve 100 percent Wendy,” the source said.
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THE OAKLAND POST — “After spending 25 years in this great district, I am ready to move into the role of principal, and I am excited and honored to be the Archie Williams High School principal,” White said. “The community – staff, students and parents – have been incredibly welcoming and supportive since I started in August, and I look forward to continuing the work of getting to know and building strong relationships with everyone in the Archie Williams community.
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LaSandra White is now the permanent principal of Archie Williams High School in San Anselmo, after being the interim principal since August 2021, according to the Tamalpais Union High School District. Her position went into effect on February 2.
White has been in the field of education for 25 years as a teacher, school counselor, and 18 years as the assistant principal of Redwood High School. She brings a wealth of experience to her new role as principal, including oversight of counseling/wellness, student activities, athletics, facilities, student support services, attendance and discipline.
“After spending 25 years in this great district, I am ready to move into the role of principal, and I am excited and honored to be the Archie Williams High School principal,” White said. “The community – staff, students and parents – have been incredibly welcoming and supportive since I started in August, and I look forward to continuing the work of getting to know and building strong relationships with everyone in the Archie Williams community.
“I also look forward to continuing the great work around equity, restorative practices and providing an inclusive, supportive and safe environment so that all students can thrive academically and social-emotionally,” she said.
White started her career in education as an academic support teacher at Redwood in 1996. The following year, she transitioned to the role of school counselor, supporting the academic and social-emotional growth of students.
In 2002, White made the move to administrator, taking on the role of assistant principal, where she excelled, building strong relationships with students, parents, colleagues and community members.
White holds two Master of Arts degrees – one in Counseling from the University of San Diego, and the other in Educational Administration from San Francisco State University.
White earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley.
LaSandra grew up in Marin City, graduated from The Branson School, and has strong roots in the community.
“I am thrilled that LaSandra will continue her great work in the District, this time as permanent Principal of Archie Williams High School,” said Tara Taupier, superintendent of the Tamalpais Union High School District. Further, Taupier stated, “LaSandra is an exceptional leader and exceptional person. Her energy, focus on equity and capacity to build relationships and community is a perfect match for the Archie Williams community. She fits, exactly, the type of leader the students and community stated they wanted and she’s more than ready for the challenge.”
The recommendation was approved by the Board of Trustees on Tuesday, February 1, during the regularly scheduled meeting.
The post LaSandra White Named Principal of Archie Williams High School first appeared on Post News Group
CHICAGO DEFENDER — The incident started in January when Principal Tim Hamblin reportedly showed Derby High School staff a 2011 video focused on the perspectives of Dr. Joy DeGruy. DeGruy, who is a Black author, spoke about her personal experiences with racism and white privilege.
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A Kansas principal was allegedly forced to apologize to high school staff after showing them a video about white privilege, KMUW reports.
The incident started in January when Principal Tim Hamblin reportedly showed Derby High School staff a 2011 video focused on the perspectives of Dr. Joy DeGruy. DeGruy, who is a Black author, spoke about her personal experiences with racism and white privilege.
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The story was about her being forced to present identification to a grocery store cashier, while her sister-in-law, who has a fair complexion, did not have to do such a thing. The relative ended up calling out the store manager and staff for racism.
“She used her white privilege to educate and make right a situation that was wrong,” DeGruy says in the footage. “That’s what you can do every single day.”
The girls basketball team watched the same video following a racist incident in 2021, and Hamblin’s intent was to have the teachers be aware of what the students watched, according to reporters. A teacher later complained to Derby school board, claiming it was “offensive” and created a “hostile work environment,” KMUW says.
As a result, school board members reportedly ordered Hamblin, who worked at the high school since 1996, to apologize to staff.
“I apologize to anyone that felt the video or its content which reference[d] white privilege made them feel uncomfortable, awkward, harassed, or that it created a hostile work environment,” the principal said in a statement, per KMUW.
A spokesperson for the school board told reporters they “had made no directive regarding specific videos or teaching materials of this type.” KMUW reached out to Hamblin for comment, but he declined.
The post Principal Forced To Apologize For Showing Video About White Privilege appeared first on Chicago Defender.
SAN DIEGO VOICE AND VIEWPOINT — “One of the first things that a student told me was ‘If they’re trying to ban this book, then why are we reading ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ in 8th grade? Why are they not banning ‘Of Mice And Men’?’ That was their first thought,” she shared. “They were like, ‘They’re never going to ban stories of white saviorism, only stories of Blackness will be banned.’ And I think that’s very telling that they recognize that this is blatant racism, the fact that they’re not banning those other books.”
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Across the United States, classrooms have found themselves in a battle against censorship.
By Cori Zaragoza, Staff Writer
A January 27th article by The New York Times revealed that a Tennessee school board has banned the teaching of “Maus”, a graphic novel that centers around the Holocaust. The Associated Press reported that in Georgia, Republicans have said they will go forward with a proposal that would allow parents to protest books or online material that they feel could harm their children. These are just a few examples of the onslaught of censorship that schools have been dealing with.
In Round Rock, Texas, the fight came to a head when a parent complained about a book by Jason Reynold and @DrIbram, titled “Stamped: Racism, Anti-Racism, and You”. The book is a history of racist ideas that have existed in the United States and won the national book award for nonfiction in 2016.
The Texas school board considered removing the book from their curriculum, until a group of parents stepped up. The Round Rock Black Parents Association organized a petition to keep the book on the curriculum, and acquired over 3,600 supporters. In short, they won, and the book was allowed to be kept on.
“The broader message is that these book bans are not going away because they’re part of a larger effort, in my opinion, to destabilize education,” said Natosha Daniels, a former assistant principal and leader in the Round Rock Black Parents Association, on the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC News.
Daniels said when she first heard complaints about Reynold’s and Kendi’s book, she said she went to the Presidents of the Black Student Union in her district and asked their thoughts on the controversy.
“One of the first things that a student told me was ‘If they’re trying to ban this book, then why are we reading ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ in 8th grade? Why are they not banning ‘Of Mice And Men’?’ That was their first thought,” she shared. “They were like, ‘They’re never going to ban stories of white saviorism, only stories of Blackness will be banned.’ And I think that’s very telling that they recognize that this is blatant racism, the fact that they’re not banning those other books.”
Daniels credits the support of the Round Rock community with the success of averting a book ban. The Round Rock Black Parents Association organized groups, such as Anti-Racists Coming Together (ACT), to speak out at school boards and express their concerns. Community organization, Daniels says, is the key to fighting back against censorship.
“One of the most successful things that we were able to do was partner with several organizations around us. So it was not only run by parents, there were many voices; it was educators in solidarity,” Daniels said.
The post Black Parents Push Back Against Book Bans appeared first on The San Diego Voice & Viewpoint.
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