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MPS aims for new level of Black student achievement in 2014-15

Mentors, new programs part of plan to ‘normalize success’
By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


An estimated 80 local Black men met with Black male students last Friday morning as part of the 100 Strong Who Care mentoring program that Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) Equity Director James Burroughs started about five years ago. He told the students before they met with the men in small groups, “We want to let the world and Minneapolis know that Black men do care about our young Black men.”

Northside Achievement Zone Family Academy Director Andre Dukes told the students they all were born “with a destiny” for success. “You are not a mistake. You are not an accident,” he assured them. “The sooner you make up your minds to reach your goals and live out your destiny, the better off your life will be. Continue Reading →

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Patrick Henry valedictorian sets her own course rather than follow the crowd

Her example refutes stereotype of young Black women

By Dwight Hobbes

Contributing Writer


One has to wonder whence the next Michelle Obama will come. After all, it’s apt to be quite a while until we see another Black president — of either gender. In the First Lady’s wake, though, the national climate is set for someone to ascend — along with fields that are such glamour magnets as sports, music and the movies — in areas like business, law, politics and more. While she enjoys her next few years of prominence before moving on to a career as considerably more than decoration on her famous husband’s arm (she did, remember, graduate Princeton University and Harvard Law School) today’s generation of young women are poised to prevail, enhancing the image of Black women. Enter one such face of tomorrow, Maria Maddox, this year’s valedictorian at Patrick Henry High School in North Minneapolis, bound in the fall for the rarefied, Ivy League clime of Brown University. Continue Reading →

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