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Teachers of Color: It is Hiring Season

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Boston public schools pay best!

Originally posted on The Professor:

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The book Colors of Excellence is the leading authority on this topic. I have read it a few times. It is one that is always discussed at the annual People of Color Conference held by the National Association of Independent Schools. Moreover, it serves as a great comfort to many teachers of color with its countless anecdotes from other faculty members of color regarding their own experiences in independent schools. Regardless of what some might say, only those of a particular minority group can fully understand the social construction in existence that might or might not promote a level of comfort. There are continual challenges regarding diversity here in the 21st century.

Many minority faculty members and school administrators discuss the hiring of minority candidates in two terms: comfort and fit; however, both terms can mean different things to schools and minority faculty members. As I write this, I am…

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April 18, 2014 at 4:02 pm

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First Church Roxbury offers the public a unique experience on Marathon Monday Patriot’s Day

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Date: April 21, 2014 Marathon Monday
FROM 8:00 AM TO 1:00 PM

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(From Joyce Stanley, 617 541-4644 )

The Roxbury Collaborative, a coalition of historic and veterans groups, will be celebrating the 239th Anniversary of the start of the War of Independence and the 67th re-enactment of the Historic Ride of William Dawes.

Mr. Dawes was the Roxbury rider who rode from the First Church Roxbury through Norfolk and Middlesex Countries (like Paul Revere) to warn the countryside the British were on the move from Boston Harbor.

The event begins with a community breakfast at the First Church Roxbury Parish House hosted by the First Unitarian Society of West Newton. During the breakfast, The Collaborative presents the Ralph F. Browne, Jr. Unsung Heroes Awards to community residents.

This year’s awards will go to M . Daniel Richardson, a 50 year community activist, Samantha Sadd, Director of the Hawthorne Youth and Community Center, and youth awardees Kaylee McKinnon and Shani Boykin of Pretty Princesses in Brown/ Diamond Girls.

The National Lacers will re-enact the ride to Lexington and Concord after a send-off in poetry and prayer by the community. Before the ride, this year’s Warren I Brown Scholarship awardees will read their essays and receive a check from the Brown-Greene Family, members of the David L. Ramsey/Patrick E Toy Post #8772.

A historic talk will be presented in the First Church by Joyce Stamps on Genealogy. The Roxbury Historical Society and Historic Boston are sponsoring two historic trolley tours around Roxbury led by Roxbury Historical Society member, Rep. Byron Rushing and Thomas Plant. The Dillaway Thomas House, the First Church, and the Shirley Eustis House on Shirley Street will be open for touring. All events are free and open to the public.

The Roxbury Collaborative is a coalition of volunteers, mostly from military or historic groups.

Members include: Ruth Brown and Cheryl Brown-Greene, Ladies Auxiliary of The David l. Ramsey/Patrick E Toy Post; Joyce Stanley, Dudley Square Main Streets; Thomas Plant, Roxbury Highlands Historic Society, Rep. Byron Rushing, Roxbury Historic Society, Marcia Butman Roxbury Historic Society, Lloyd King, Roxbury Action Program; Linda Evans and Rev. Roger Peltier, Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry at the First Church Roxbury, Antonio Menefee and Lisa Cook, DCR/, Dillaway Thomas House, The National Lancers; The 272 Veterans Association; Jumaada Abdal Khallaq Henry Smith, A Nubian Notion, inc.; Rep. Gloria Fox; Janet Fillion, Boston Latin Academy, Benny White, the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Militia Company A Re-enactors; Deborah Thomas, Colored Ladies Christian Relief , Association, Unitarian Universalist Society of West Newton; Ralph Walton, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the First Church; Ret Lt. Paul Hughes and the Madison Park High School JROTC; Paul Keogh, Deputy Commissioner of City of Boston Veterans Services: Kathy Kottaridis, Historic Boston, Anne Bancroft, UUUM, Bill Kuttner, Shirley Eustis House; Cynthia Santos Fletcher, Daughters of the American Revolution, and other friends and supporters.

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April 17, 2014 at 9:16 am

Boston duo reach Apollo Theater song competition finals, to compete live in Harlem 4/30

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April 9, 2014 – Harlem’s iconic Apollo Theater announced that a pair of Boston musicians – Berklee College of Music student Clifton Williams and Mattapan resident Daryl Brown – have been named the two finalists of their Amateur Night Song Competition.

The contest challenged musicians across the country to compose a new theme song for Amateur Night, the Apollo’s signature program. More than 10,000 votes were cast. And last week, Williams and Brown were flown to Harlem to record their compositions.

The final round of online voting is open from now until 7pm on April 30, when Williams and Brown will perform their songs live at a special edition of Amateur Night and the audience will cast their votes via cheers and boos.

The winner, to be determined by the results of the both voting platforms (each weighted at 50 percent), will receive $5,000 and their song named the official theme song of Amateur Night at the Apollo.

hear the songs by Williams and Brown

Interviews available.
Nick Balkin
Berklee | Media Relations
o 617 747-2247

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April 9, 2014 at 3:21 pm

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My New African-American Studies Course

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If 100,000 MOOC studies, took an African American studies course and paid $5 for it, then the professor would net $500,000 minus minor cost of producing the MOOCified material.

Originally posted on The Professor:

I presented this course syllabus to my amazing department chair for next year. I am not shocked by her endorsement and full support. I have spent a great deal of time doing the necessary research to make this course happen. Below is a draft proposed syllabus I presented to her; I will edit and address more specifics later about the daily approaches and readings. Because this is a full-blown seminar course, students will drive each meeting. Hence, there will be assigned discussion leaders, peer sessions, and unique focus settings empowering me in ways that my AP courses do not allow. Further, with my content knowledge and expertise in designing courses, I will be able to take students to levels they have yet to journey.

African-American Studies
Course Syllabus

Instructor: Edward Carson
History Department

Contact Information
Office: (978) 725-6300 ext. 4858 (Link building 306)

My website:

Student Recommendation:…

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March 26, 2014 at 10:26 am

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You’re invited to the African American Students Union at Harvard Business School conference and after-party Mar 28-30th.

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On the weekend of March 28th, you are invited to come to our conference and gain first-hand exposure to C-suite business executives across all industries through our networking sessions after each panel.

Come sharpen your business analyst skills by learning the The Case Method, taught by HBS Professor Andy Zelleke.

After conference events and networking winds down you should drop by the African-American HBS ( Harvard Business School)  After-Party experience. It features VH1’s master of the mix celebrity DJ B Hen.

African American Student Union at Harvard Busienss School

Keynotes Speakers are:

David A. Thomas - Dean, McDonough School of Business
Georgetown University and former H. Naylor Fitzhugh Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School

David A. Thomas - Dean, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University

David A. Thomas – Dean, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University

Obie L. McKenzie - Managing Director BlackRock

Obie L. McKenzie – Managing Director BlackRock

Valerie Mosley - Chairwoman, Valmo Ventures and Former Partner of Wellington Management

Valerie Mosley – Chairwoman, Valmo Ventures and Former Partner of Wellington Management

The Bert King Award Recipient is  Carlton L. Guthrie

Lean Start-up Venture Competition:


Visit the AASU Conference website at for further information including the full schedule of events, presenters, or

Register Now

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March 12, 2014 at 3:13 pm

The Exodus Part I

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I can see the lines that brought my people here.

Originally posted on The Professor:


Exodus 33:14 states: My presence will go with you. And I will give you REST. I will address the religious allegory associated with the Exodus theme and black migration later. Further, I feel that I should point to the problem of a seemingly reliance on this simple theme in historical and religious studies. But for now, I love this document:

In 1917, the Cleveland Advocate published its take on the Exodus of black folks from the South: “There is no mistaking what is going on; it is going on; it is a regular exodus. It is without head, tail, or leadership. Its greatest factor is momentum, and this is increasing, despite amazing efforts on the part of white Southerners to stop it. People are leaving their homes and everything about them, under cover of night, as though they were going on a day’s journey – leaving forever”.

As I told…

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March 12, 2014 at 1:48 pm

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Why fleeing beyond the suburbs to rural Massachusetts counties will change priorities to worry about.

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Zakim park Boston GardenDo you wonder why no one talks about moving to the country from the cities of Massachusetts where life will be greener and most likely be better?

Well, the Boston Federal Reserve Community Outlook Survey found that moving to rural Massachusetts from urban area changes what people worry about the most.

Make the move and the new list of concerns become: job availability, access to affordable housing, federal budget cuts, state budget cuts, and K–12 education. Also credit scores and home foreclosures appeared on the list of the top 10 challenges, displacing crime and vacant properties.  When cruising on the open roads where houses are spread so far apart I have thought about what is it that people do out here for a living.

For more detailed information read   more than a million people in rural Massachusetts or small town New England.

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February 27, 2014 at 3:23 pm

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