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African American Studies Curriculum across Texas High Schools

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April 17, 2020 will literally be in the history books because it was a historic day in Texas.  After years of meetings, organizing, and advocating, The African American Studies course which is only the second ethnic studies course for Texas students received a unanimous final board approval last Friday to approve an elective African Studies Course to be taught across high schools throughout Texas. 

Dallas ISD was the first to pilot the course after the Mexican American studies gained statewide approval back in 2018.  Under the leadership of Texas State Board of Education Member, Marisa Perez, one of our very own San Antonio natives Dr. Lawrence Scott, Texas A&M University- San Antonio professor led the San Antonio advisory team of 40 experts around Texas and the nation to make this once advocated proposal a reality. There were other advisory teams in Houston, Dallas, and Austin as well. Texas State Board of Education Trustee Aicha Davis (Dallas) who proposed and formulated the course brought representatives from all the advisory teams together in Austin to prioritize content and curriculum standards prior to the 1st and 2nd readings at the TX State Board of Education. 

Proponents of the course stressed that a course such as the African America Studies would give students an opportunity to “see themselves” when they study. The course is said to be available as early as this fall.

Congratulations to The Texas African American Studies Course Curriculum Advisory Team (San Antonio) on your efforts and success.

Dr. Donna Donna Y Ford, Distinguished Professor, Ohio State University

Dr. Cary Carey Latimore, History Department Chair, Trinity University

Professor Mario Marcel Salas, African American Studies Professor/Author/Historian, University of Texas at San Antonio / President KROV

Dr. Karla Broadus, Director of African American Studies Dept., University of Texas at San Antonio

Dr. Dorinda Rolle, Professor of African American Studies, University of Texas at San Antonio

Dr. Claudia García-Louis, Professor, University of Texas at San Antonio

Ms. La Juana Chambers Tacit Grower LJ, President, San Antonio African American Community Archive Museum

Dr. Daina Berry, Associate Dean/Professor, University of Texas, Austin

Dr. Keffrelyn D. Brown, Professor, University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Anthony Brown, Professor, University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Nicole Carr, Assistant Professor English, Texas A&M University San Antonio

Dr. Ramona Pittman, Professor, Texas A&M University of San Antonio

Dr. Dwonna Goldstone, Associate Professor of History/ Director of the African American Studies Program,  Texas State University

Mr. Cary Clack, Senior Columnist, San Antonio Express News 

Ms. Morgan Jones, Learning & Development Specialist, Spurs Sports and Entertainment

Dr. Paula Johnson, Director / IDRA EAC-South, Intercultural Development Research Association

Ms. Laura Thompson, CEO TAAN TV/Who’s Who SA/Former TX State Representative District 120, The African American Network (TAAN)

Dr. Aaron J Griffen, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion/Author/Consultant, DSST Public Schools/Prosperity Educators, LLC Denver, CO

Dr. Marcus Croom, Research Scholar, Durham Public Schools 

Dr. Stuart Rhoden, Professor/Author, Arizona State University

Ms. Brandi Pace, Teacher/Racial Equity Committee,  Ft. Worth Independent School District

D.L. Grant Carver, Executive Historic Carver Library/Antoinette Franklin Entrepreneur/Founder, Talented Tenth Scholars/Author Library Association/Deltas

Ms. Quincy Boyd, Regional Director Leadership ISD, Houston, TX

Dr. Milton Fields, Associate Superintendent,  Judson Independent School District

Ms. La Quita Dalton, Secondary Teacher,  Judson Independent School District

Ms. Amy Carter, Dual Credit Teacher/Adjunct Professor Floresville Independent School District/Coastal Bend College

Ms. Graciela Escobedo-Bell, Leadership Coordinator,  San Antonio Independent School District

Ms. Tiffany Grant, Chief of Staff, San Antonio Independent School District

Ms. Edwina L. Salas, Reading Specialist, San Antonio Independent School District

Mr. Jason Rochon, Secondary Teacher, San Antonio Independent School District

Mr. Ronald Tipton, CTE Educator, South San Independent School District

Trustee  José A. Macias, Jr., Board Trustee, District 2,  Alamo Community College District

Trustee Alicia Perry, School Board Trustee District 2,  San Antonio Independent School District

Dr. Langston Williams Jr, Pastor/Retired School Principal  Magnolia Church / San Antonio Independent School District

Dr. Mateen A. Diop, Principal/Executive Director,  San Antonio Independent School District

Ms. Jennifer McCall, J Renee Love, International Baccalaureate Curriculum Specialist,  San Antonio Independent School District

Ms. Antoinette Franklin, Founder, Talented Tenth Scholars/Author,  San Antonio Library Association 

Dr. D. Anthony Miles, Entrepreneur/Researcher/Statistician,  Miles Development Industries Corporation

Lawrence Scott, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, College of Education and Human Development Department of Educator and Leadership Preparation,
Texas A&M University-San Antonio

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Apple Pre-Ed Scholars Program

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As a highly regarded HBCU, Huston-Tillotson University (located in the heart of Austin, Texas) is proud to announce our Apple Pre-Ed Scholars Program! 

The Apple Pre-Ed Scholars Program, housed within Huston-Tillotson University’s African American Male Teacher Initiative funded by Apple Inc., provides one year of scholarship support to high-achieving HT freshmen who intend to pursue a career in Education.  

Scholars are selected on the basis of financial need, academic performance, demonstration of leadership, commitment to service, and dedication to pursuing a career in the Education field.  

Total award will cover all tuition, fees, room and board for an academic year. Scholarships are eligible for max three-year renewal, dependent on meeting scholarship requirements, persistence towards graduation, demonstrated financial need, and availability of funding.  

Who can apply? To be eligible to apply, applicants must:  

– Be a citizen, legal permanent resident, or national of the United States  

– Identify ethnically as African American, or Black  

– Identify as male – Classified as a Freshman  

– Be currently enrolled and in good standing at Huston-Tillotson University  

– Minimum 2.5 GPA on an unweighted 4.0 scale  

– ACT Composite Score of 18, or greater; or SAT score 900, or greater (Combined Evidence Based Reading and Writing, and Math)  

– Program of study in Education  

– Demonstrate a strong academic record and evidence of persistence  

– Exemplify leadership and demonstrate a passion for improving representation of underrepresented groups in the field of Education  

– Have demonstrated financial and unmet need as measured by the university 

Attached to this correspondence, you will find the Apple Pre-Ed Scholars Application as well as an informational flyer for announcement purposes. 

Questions may be directed to:   

Dr. Jennifer Miles, HTU’s Director of the Center of Academic Innovation; jpmiles@htu.edu 

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Where Will You Be For History?

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021 marks the day for the 59th Inaugural Ceremony. This historical event has been witnessed by Americans for over 200 years. The moment marks the transition of power for the President and Vice President of the United States. From the first Inauguration of George Washington, in New York City, in 1789, to the present, the 59th Inaugural Ceremonies, the Swearing-In Ceremonies represent both national renewal and continuity of leadership. Several Inaugurations have held great importance and significance including the swearing in of Barack Hussein Obama II, the 44th President of the United States, but what makes this year’s inauguration so remarkable? Well, as we reflect on the current time we are in; a divided nation where hate is at the forefront of the actions of many American citizens, COVID has devastated the population, historic election voting percentages have reigned, the inaugural events are closed to the public, and where gender and race have for far too long been the basis as to why some have been denied opportunities to fulfill “positions of power,” this milestone marks another step towards us becoming “one nation under God with liberty and justice for all.” Kamala Harris already made history when she was elected as the first Black and South Asian woman elected Vice President, however January 20, 2021 her role will be official and she will officially be Madame Vice President.

The ceremony traditionally begins with a procession to the capitol beginning about 11:00 ET. Harris will be sworn in first by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic and Latina Justice appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States. (She was nominated by President Barack Obama.). Joe Biden will be sworn in by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts followed by remarks from both.

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Remembering Mr. Clark

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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.

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