The North Kenwood/Oakland Charter School Presents
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Action One of the biggest questions today is: Should groups
of people (like African Americans and women) who have been deprived of
the chance to get ahead in the past be given special opportunities to get
ahead now? For some time there have been rules to do that.
Those rules have caused a lot
The Digital Divide New times bring new problems. Today it is crucial that young African Americans develop the skills needed for life in a computerized world.
Louis Farrakahan Leader of the Nation of Islam and powerful spokesman for the concept of a separatist, non-Christian vision for black America. He was organizer of the Million Man March. On the other hand, his frequent anti-Jewish statements made him a very controversial figure. He lives just a few blocks from our school.
Jesse Jackson For almost 40 years, Jesse Jackson has been one of the most important figures in American politics and race relations. A lieutenant to Dr. King, he founded Operation PUSH and the Rainbow Coalition made a run for the presidency. Jesse lives in Chicago and Operation PUSH has its headquarters just a few blocks from our school.
Michael Jordan The only people who don't know him are in galaxies far, far away. He is one of a few "greats" who made race seem irrelevant.
Million Man March Organized by Louis Farrakahan as a "day of reflection and atonement" where black men could re-affirm their commitment to moral values, it grew to enormous size as a symbol for the whole African American community.
The Pardon of Henry Flipper, an example of past wrongs righted. Henry Flipper was the first African American Graduate of West Point. He suffered the "silent treatment" while there and after he graduated was railroaded out of the army for a crime he didn't commit. In 1999 President Clinton pardoned him.
Reparations for Slavery Recently the question has been seriously debated whether African Americans should be compensated for the damages suffered by their ancestors through slavery.
The Resegregation of American Schools A study by Harvard professors showing that in recent years segregation has again become the norm in American schools. This excellent work would be hard for elementary school students to read.
Clarence Thomas Justice of the Supreme Court. He was appointed to take the place of Thurgood Marshall on the Court and has since become the most highly placed black man to oppose affirmative action and other areas traditionally supported by African Americans.
Washington, first African American mayor of Chicago Harold Washington
was one of a number of black mayors elected in this period. He lived
in Hyde Park and was buried
in the Oak Woods Cemetery, just blocks from our school. Young
artists have honored him with a huge
Mural at 57th and Harper, also near our school.