Noah Branch is a 2017 Cecil E. Newman Scholarship recipient. His scholarship-winning essay appears below. Throughout my life, I have been blessed to have received a significant amount of tutelage, but in recent years there are two people who stick out in my mind as both mentors and inspirations for me: My father and my brother, Joseph. Both men have gone through great … [Read more...]
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In late February, Northeast College Prep School paraprofessional Onika Craven invited me to speak to a classroom of fifth graders taught by teacher Kaylena Greenwell. Craven, who has been employed at the startup charter school since December, accomplished plenty on the basketball court while playing for Minneapolis Washburn in the late 1990s. Today, she’s using her … [Read more...]
Sadiyo Dirie is a 2017 Cecil E. Newman Scholarship recipient. Her scholarship-winning essay appears below. When I first started speaking, my first word was Hooyo (mother) I have grown up in her arms: she sacrificed everything for me. She woke up every day early in the morning and made something warm to eat. Before I went to school she used to tell me don’t ever let … [Read more...]
Nonprofits and educators are always looking for ways to increase funding for their programs, but many of them lack the skills to write the grants to secure those funds, leaving them to use some of their much-needed resources to pay someone else to do it. Jonathan C. W. Jones meets those needs through his workshops designed to give educators and nonprofit leaders basic and … [Read more...]
Attorney Marian Wright Edelman was the first African American woman admitted to the Mississippi Bar. She is often quoted as saying, “If you do not like the way the world is going, you have an obligation to change it. Just do it one step at a time.” Ernestine Gates is a prime example of Edelman’s conviction. Despite enduring the horrific 2011 North Minneapolis tornado and a … [Read more...]