Remembering Mr. Clark
Morgan Freeman portrayed him well in the 1989 classic film “Lean On Me.” He was the baseball and bullhorn toting, HNIC, firm and forward thinking principal of the then troubled Eastside High School in Paterson, New Jersey. Joe Louis Clark, the real ‘Mr. Clark’ a.k.a. ‘Crazy Joe’ died in his Florida home at the age of 82. He was loved and hated by his critics because of his actions and his untraditional methods used to clean house and turn the school around. Mr. Clark earned national coverage including President Ronald Reagan offering him a White House policy advisor position after his success at the high school.
Mr. Joe Clark changed the game and set the example for turning around failing urban schools by offering children, educators, parents and community hope while maintaining high expectations. He will forever be remembered especially in the lives of those he challenged and changed. RIP Mr. Clark.
He’s still number one in the hearts of many, but he’s definitely #1 in the books, literally! Former President Barack Obama’s new memoir titled A Promised Land set the record for the largest first day sales total for any book ever published by Penguin Random House. The memoir that reflects on his presidency and provides honest accounts of his campaign and time in office, etc. was released on November 17th and already sold over 1,710,443 units. A Promised Land is said to be the first volume of a two book series but a date for the second book release date has not been made public.
West Point student from San Antonio lands prestigious U.S. Rhodes Scholarship
West Point Military Academy cadet Tyrese Bender of San Antonio is one of just 32 students nationwide to be presented with a prestigious U.S. Rhodes Scholarship.
Rhodes Scholars are awarded financial assistance to complete graduate or master’s degree work at Oxford University in Oxford, England. The scholarships are based on students’ scholarly achievements.
Bender, an engineering management major, is a deputy brigade commander, a two-year track team captain and a contributor to the West Point’s inaugural U.S. Corps of Cadets Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategy.
The Corps of Cadets Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategy is an on-campus organization that promotes recruitment, admission and retention of cadets, staff and faculty from diverse backgrounds. The group also strives for an inclusive on-campus environment that supports their development and retention.
“[Cadet Bender has] found creative and bold ways to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion through leadership and studies at West Point,” Brigadier General Cindy Jebb, West Point’s dean of the Academic Board, said in a release.
Bender will graduate from West Point in 2021, after which he will pursue graduate studies at Oxford. While there, he intends to earn a Master of Philosophy in Sociology and Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation.