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American History, Only Half-Taught

American History, Only Half-Taught

🕔10:42, 16.Aug 2014

One of the reasons people are continually shocked by police violence across the country is that American history has never been completely taught in school. Left out has been any in-depth study of chattel slavery and the long term effects

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Boys & Girls H.S. Administrators Design a Day “Most Awesome,” Fit for a King …

Boys & Girls H.S. Administrators Design a Day “Most Awesome,” Fit for a King … Updated

🕔12:27, 26.Jul 2014

Text: Bernice Elizabeth Green. Photos, this page: Dr. Olivia Cousin. 1,000 Children, Volunteers participate in day-long community service activities and mighty walk for Nelson Mandela On July 18, people around the world celebrated the life, spirit and principles of Nelson

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Deadline Monday to enroll middle school students in summer program

🕔16:50, 28.Jun 2014

  By Stephen Witt With public schools letting out this week, the city is spreading the word to working families with middle school-aged children in Central Brooklyn that Monday, June 30 is the deadline to pre-enroll in its free, expanded

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Students ask Mayor to Respond to Call for Black History in our Schools

Students ask Mayor to Respond to Call for Black History in our Schools Updated

🕔13:35, 28.May 2014

By Stan Kinard Many adult leaders were sitting and analyzing the 60 years after Brown vs Board of Education on May 17.   But students from Boys and Girls High School, took to the streets leading a Children’s March across the

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State Budget Now Allows College Attendance to Count toward Work Requirements

State Budget Now Allows College Attendance to Count toward Work Requirements Updated

🕔12:29, 12.Apr 2014

By Mary Alice Miller Public assistance recipients now have the opportunity to apply 4 years of college toward their work experience requirements. “It is an investment in someone who is struggling to try and sustain themselves,” said State Senator Velmanette

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Central Brooklyn Looks Forward to UPK and After School Program Roll Out

Central Brooklyn Looks Forward to UPK and After School Program Roll Out Updated

🕔18:51, 2.Apr 2014

By Stephen Witt With $300 million secured from the state for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s signature full-day Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) and improved after-school programs, the administration has moved quickly to provide a list of the schools that will have added

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The Adelaide L. Sanford Institute for Research Presents: The Harriet Tubman Art Exhibit

The Adelaide L. Sanford Institute for Research Presents: The Harriet Tubman Art Exhibit Updated

🕔19:35, 29.Mar 2014

Featuring the artworks and writings of local students Saturday, March 29 at P.S. 5 The Adelaide Sanford Institute for Research (ASI) continues its journey to instill a sense of cultural awareness among the youth in our community with new ideas,

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Boys and Girls High School Debate Team Wins Tri-State Championship

Boys and Girls High School Debate Team Wins Tri-State Championship Updated

🕔10:32, 23.Mar 2014

It is no longer a secret, the Boys and Girls High School Debate Team is the top debate team in the tri-state area. This was proven in their last debate on March 2, 2014 against Christ the King Preparatory High

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Medgar Evers College Sees Itself as Brooklyn’s Answer to Georgetown

Medgar Evers College Sees Itself as Brooklyn’s Answer to Georgetown Updated

🕔10:24, 23.Mar 2014

By Stephen Witt With two initiatives in the pipeline, Medgar Evers College wants to become Brooklyn’s version of Georgetown University, which is located in the heart of Washington, DC. That, according to MEC President Dr. Rudolph Crew, who laid out

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A Journey Through Brooklyn History and Heritage Homes at Weeksville

A Journey Through Brooklyn History and Heritage Homes at Weeksville Updated

🕔12:58, 1.Mar 2014

More than a Tour, An Experience By Bernice Elizabeth Green       Huddled on an expanded parcel of land in Central Brooklyn, the historic Hunterfly Road Houses are designated as New York City landmarks and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.   Founded in the 1830s by James Weeks, a black stevedore, the village of Weeksville survived well into the early 20th century. Weeksville had its own schools and churches, an orphanage, an old age home, and one of the first African­American newspapers- ­The Freedman’s Torchlight.   During the violent draft riots of 1863, the community served as a refuge for  hundreds of African­Americans who fled Manhattan. It was home to ministers, teachers and other professionals, including the first female African­American physician in New York State, and the first African­American police officer in New York City. “The village was an economic, political, cultural and social base for African­ Americans during that time. Any way you define it, the Weeksville community was (an example of) community building from scratch.” According to Greene, the community’s focus on strength, entrepreneurism, creativity and a sense of wanting to build something is still going strong. Settled by African­Americans from all over the East Coast following the end of slavery in New York State, these houses are also good examples of homes of free people of color in the urban North. These homes have been continuously inhabited, primarily by African­Americans, from their construction until their acquisition by the Weeksville Society in 1968. The buildings are now each rehabbed and “dressed” in the accoutrements of four different periods of time, representing the 183 Os, 1860s, 1900s and 1930s. Working from a “furnishings plan,” the center’s “old house” consultants scoured the Northeast for items that matched the style of each room. The sage green, ochre and mustard yellow colors are based on chip analysis. The true­to­period               artifacts               and historically accurate reproductions frame moments in the history of the houses: the Currier and Ives’ Death of Lincoln ink illustration, the December 3, 1847, issue of The North Star newspaper, “Electric Brand” labels of canned food manufactured in Oneida, New York, refurbished hand­ carved chairs with horsehair­stuffed cushions, “The Key to Uncle Tom’s Cabin” on a curio shelf, an authentic   Jerome & Company Pendulum Clock, and a poster entitled “Distinguished Colored Men” with images of prominent politicians and churchmen positioned around Frederick Douglass. At Weeksville, there is a living legacy that is not proverbial; it is real. Bernice Jenkins, in her 80s, and her centenarian sister, had a say in the kinds of furnishings installed in the house at No. 1698. The duo had every right to have some influence­their family first rented a home and then owned it for many years. Their father built the French doors separating the living room from the dining room. Since they were a religious family, an old

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