History sinks in for first ever black female golfer at Jr. Ryder Cup

History sinks in for first ever black female golfer at Jr. Ryder Cup
John Mitchell | September 30, 2010

Not long ago, 16-year-old Ginger Howard figured she would be getting ready to watch her idol, Tiger Woods, lead the United States against Europe in the Ryder Cup later this week.

Not playing in it.

Howard, 16, ranked No. 8 by the Junior Golf Scoreboard, helped lead the United States past Europe on Tuesday, 13 ½ – 10 ½ , Tuesday in Perthshire, Scotland. Howard, the only African-American girl to ever make the U.S Team, earned her spot by virtue of finishing second in a three-hole playoff at 35th Junior PGA Championship this summer in Fort Wayne, Ind. At the PGA Championship, Howard forced the playoff after firing a 3-under-par 69 in the final round that was preceded by a 4-under 68.

“My mother and I were talking about it and she told me that I was making history,” Howard, of Bradenton, Fla., said. “It’s going to be awesome playing there. It’s going to be great to represent African-Americans, my country. I’m carrying a lot of pride.”

The Jr. Ryder Cup team consisted of the top 12 boys and girls junior golfers in the country. Two years ago the U.S. defeated Europe 22-2.

Howard’s father, Robert, introduced Ginger and her younger sister, Robbi, also a highly ranked player, to golf at ages six and four, respectively. It began when his wife of 22 years, Gianna, told him to take them with him to the golf course. (Read full article)

Bound-a-ry: a limit.

I am the proud auntie of a six year old skinny first grader. He’s a smart little kid, and funny, and wears glasses, and is still too young to know that flipping over a couch can cause serious injury. He’s having fun and is learning the boundaries of his body day by day, bruise by bruise. For the most part, his injuries are small and they heal quickly. At times, we step in to offer stern direction or even punishment, as running around the house with pointy objects isn’t an activity we can allow to be trial and error. Overall, we recognize there is only a small window of time to instill confidence and creativity before we send him off into the world, where for half the day he may learn things we’d rather him not learn, where someone may react to him in a way that doesn’t celebrate who he is, and where boundaries are set that aren’t easily removed. The importance of school in child development is no small thing. My mom transferred me year after year, seeking a healthy balance (and a decent education) that we never quite got right, and by the time I was in 7th grade, I’d transferred seven times. So I was always the new kid.

The new kid is always an easy target and bullies had their tries. But I had my fists; many Chicago children come out the womb with their dukes up. I spent a lot of time in the school office trying to explain my side of things and was often met with skepticism or was completely ignored. My fighting was not just an attempt to establish myself in an unknown world.  I was a kid seeking some footing, some power in a world where I had none.  Luckily, I had a sense of humor and it got my by. But unfortunately, young children bullying one another is often seen as a rite of passage, just part of growing up. It is rarely seen as an early form of marginalization, a place where potential people never become.  We react with surprise when young gay children like Asher Brown kill themselves after years of ridicule. It is not just enough to say “it will get better.”  But the question is, who will you be when it does get better?

Brief Thoughts on #NWNW

Let me start by apologizing for my absence last week. I know people say this all the time but there is just so much going on in my head/heart that I almost can’t tell up from down. I could get personal and write about the emotional toll my ailing grandmother is having on me. I could talk about adjusting to my new job. I could talk about my health issues. But I chose to take the week off to try and piece my life together.

I had every intention of adding my two cents on the Eddie Long “situation” but Summer and Jonathan wrote beautifully on that topic. That leaves me to discuss the second most popular topic on my twitterfeed the past couple weeks.

“No Wedding, No Womb”.

4,100 Students Prove ‘Small Is Better’ Rule Wrong

4,100 Students Prove ‘Small Is Better’ Rule Wrong
Sam Dillon, New York Times | September 27, 2010

BROCKTON, Mass. — A decade ago, Brockton High School was a case study in failure. Teachers and administrators often voiced the unofficial school motto in hallway chitchat: students have a right to fail if they want. And many of them did — only a quarter of the students passed statewide exams. One in three dropped out. Then Susan Szachowicz and a handful of fellow teachers decided to take action. They persuaded administrators to let them organize a schoolwide campaign that involved reading and writing lessons into every class in all subjects, including gym. Their efforts paid off quickly. In 2001 testing, more students passed the state tests after failing the year before than at any other school in Massachusetts. The gains continued. This year and last, Brockton outperformed 90 percent of Massachusetts high schools. And its turnaround is getting new attention in a report, “How High Schools Become Exemplary,” published last month by Ronald F. Ferguson, an economist at Harvard who researches the minority achievement gap. What makes Brockton High’s story surprising is that, with 4,100 students, it is an exception to what has become received wisdom in many educational circles — that small is almost always better.  (Read the full article)

Eddie Long: Rapists and Homosexuals Are Not the Same Thing

Faggot. Homo. Queer. At the dawn of a pastor’s hypocrisy, I hope our leaders in this country (whoever they might be) look beyond the surface of a situation and excavate deeper into truth and understanding. Not only truth about any particular person’s action, but truth and understanding about a group of people and what that group does and does not stand for.

In the last week the internet has been filled with derogatory terminology about gay men specifically, but on a broader basis, the LGBT community as a whole. Faggot, Homo, and Queer have been spewed across television and internet screens while being cocooned into negative connotations to not only strike down a pastor, but to also demonize a whole community of people that believe homosexuality is not an abomination. Yes, in case you want some type of preface this is yet another, “It is not about Eddie Long” blog. And I only feel the need to write this type of narrative due to that fact that many people continue to use “this situation” (and others like it) to perpetuate a hateful derogatory stereotypes  about the LGBT community.

Pledge To America Needs To Be On Contract With America

History always has a way of repeating itself. Madonna & Lady Gaga, Sarah Palin & Christine O’Donnell, Mike Tyson & Chris Brown. When debating in the hallowed halls of Congress many elected officials use history as vital reference points for their arguments in favor or opposition of legislation. Ideally the historical roadmap should guide the policymaker in the right direction because they can see the mistakes that were made in the past. Well this is only an ideal situation. The Republican Party leadership did a lousy job at interpreting history because their “Pledge to America” is nowhere near as substantive as the 1994 “Contract With America”. This manifesto is nothing more than a contradictory document laden with fabrications. Instead of outlining substantive measures that will positively affect the economy, they speak in glaring generalities about “tax hikes” and “small businesses”. Not only is their appeal to “Middle America” tenuous, at times their stances are paradoxical.

September 20, 2010 – September 26, 2010

African-American Student Association brings community, supports students
Jackie Barber, OColly News, September 26, 2010

Task force focuses on black student graduation
Marc Freeman, Sun Sentinel, September 26, 2010

How to fix low SAT and ACT scores in horrid Chicago Schools
Edward Hayes, Examiner, September 26, 2010

Black Achievers set career goals
Dave McMillion, The Herald-Mail, September 26, 2010

African American Men: Changing Image
Casey Ferrand, KTBS News, September 26, 2010

NAACP takes Wake to feds
Keung Hui T., News Obsever, September 26, 2010

Spoken word group ‘waves’ goodbye to poetic vapidity
Joe Nistler, The Badger Herald, September 26, 2010

SD youth learn job skills through summer program
Staff Writer, NECN News, September 26, 2010

Derrion Albert One Year Later – Nothing Has Changed, And We Have Adjusted To Nothing Changing
Allen Marks, Chicago Now, September 25, 2010

‘Bridging the Gap’ teaches youth important social issues
Angela Brown, ABC News, September 25, 2010

Gang involvement in selling child sex is rising, and hard to stop
Eric Ruthford, Spot News, September 23, 2010

School Meetings For Only Black Students
Staff Writer, Jacksonville News, September 23, 2010

Black Student Enrollment Falls in Freshman Class
Jeff Stein, The Cornell Daily Sun, September 23, 2010

Cops crackdown on East End youth violence
Victoria Huntley, Advertiser 24, September 23, 2010

Uniting Youth to Form Community
Julie Eng, City of the Hill Press, September 23, 2010

Gun violence claims Tuskegee youth
Jeff Thompson, Tuskegee News, September 23, 2010

Parent: Teacher who used N word harassed black student
Kevin Torres, Colorado News, September 23, 2010

UNC pays tribute to first black undergraduates
Tom Breen, Associated Press, September 22, 2010

NAACP speakers emphasize community and service to students
Joanna Dozier, The Daily Tar Heel

Eight students assaulted in two weeks
Fred Shaia, The Collegian, September 22, 2010

Positive behavioral interventions programs found to improve student behavior and learning
Jim GIlden, Eurek Alert News, September 22, 2010

Poetry vs. Violence at South Philly High
Staff Writer, Philly Now, September 22, 2010

Top 5 Reasons You Should Not Drop Out Of College
Samuel Aleshinloye, News One, September 22, 2010

First black students’ 55th anniversary honored
Deborah Strange, The Daily Tar Heel, September 21, 2010

Study Find Disparity in School Suspension
Jeff Beimfohr, Eyewitness News, September 21, 2010

Schools racially divided
Jack Flynn and Elizabeth Roman, The Republican, September 21, 2010

Tuesday Conversation: Youth bureau director provides help, programs for area agencies
Fran Perritan, Observer-Dispatch, September 21, 2010

Depression high among youth victims of school cyber bullying, NIH researchers report
Robert Bock, National Institute of Health News, September 21, 2010

Martin Luther King III urges youth to become public spirited business leaders
Staff Writer, IIFL, September 21, 2010

Reducing youth crime a priority
Staff Writer, Jackson Sun, September 21, 2010

Area school segregation called rife
James Vaznis, Boston Globe, September 20, 2010

Students’ work will aid center
Debbie Hall, Martinsville Bulletin, September 20, 2010

Student Activities
Luisa Murillo, The Anchor, September 20, 2010

Dancing through college
Emilie Vurik, The Telescope, September 20, 2010

Help prevent youth violence: City grants up for grabs
Staff Writer, West Seattle News, September 20, 2010

Boston and Arlington Youth Clash
Kaitlyn Laabs, Arlington Patch, September 20, 2010

Summit to focus on youth: Rally for a Way set for Sunday
Lauren Foreman, Jackson Sun, September 20, 2010