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Remembering an Icon: Melvin Deal

Published on Oct 29, 2021 by Washington City Paper

Melvin Deal was revered as a drummer and griot, a dancer and choreographer, a mentor and teacher, and then later, as an elder and icon. Deal, who died last month at the age of 78 due to multiple health issues, was the founder and executive director of the African Heritage Dancers and Drummers. In that and other capacities, he served his community for more than half a century. His contributions were immeasurable. (Download PDF)

VIA: An Example of Social and Emotional Learning

Published on Sep 23, 2021 by Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Peter G. Murrell, Jr, the late educational psychologist, said: “Education is the practice of assisting people to find agency in, and responsibility for, the struggle for freedom.”  The Virginia Interscholastic Association (VIA) embodied that concept.

Amplifying DC’s Central American History

Published on Sep 21, 2021 by DC History Center

Today, there are over 4 million Central Americans in the United States. However, the rich history of these peoples and countries are often not taught in classrooms. To address this, the DC-based non-profit Teaching for Change launched Teach Central America Week, held during National Hispanic Heritage Month, to support educators by providing free resources to teach about the histories of Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama.

Talking to Kids about Race and Racism

Published on Jan 27, 2021 by Discovery Museum

Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, president emerita of Spelman College, is a clinical psychologist widely known for both her expertise on race relations and as a thought leader in higher education. Her thirteen years as the president of Spelman College (2002-2015) were marked by innovation and growth and her visionary leadership was recognized in 2013 with the Carnegie Academic Leadership Award.

Give It Up, D.C. 2020 Giving Guide

Published on Nov 25, 2020 by Washington City Paper

If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that community organizations are an essential part of D.C. When the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the region in March, these groups stepped up to ensure that D.C.’s vulnerable residents…

“Indigenous Peoples’ Day: Rethinking How We Celebrate American History

Published on Oct 12, 2020 by Smithsonian

The first documented observance of Columbus Day in the United States took place in New York City in 1792, on the 300th anniversary of Columbus’s landfall in the Western Hemisphere. The holiday originated as an annual celebration of Italian–American heritage in San Francisco in 1869. In 1934, at the request of the Knights of Columbus and New York City’s Italian community, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt declared the first national observance of Columbus Day. President Roosevelt and the U.S. Congress made October 12 a national holiday three years later. In 1972 President Richard Nixon signed a proclamation making the official date of the holiday the second Monday in October. (Download PDF of article)

Racial Equity in Your PTO or PTA: What Are You Doing?

Published on Aug 27, 2020 by PTO Today

Some robust conversations with leaders in PTO Today’s PTO and PTA Leaders & Volunteers Facebook group and an expert on equity in education have pointed toward earnest paths for moving forward with inclusiveness within parent groups.