2 nd Annual Back To School With The HistoryMakers Friday, September 23, 2011. Who are The HistoryMakers ?.
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A HistoryMaker, African American by descent, is a person:
HistoryMaker categories include:
ArtMakers, BusinessMakers, CivicMakers, EducationMakers, EntertainmentMakers, LawMakers, MediaMakers, MedicalMakers, MilitaryMakers,MusicMakers, PoliticalMakers, ReligionMakers, ScienceMakers, SportsMakers, and StyleMakers.
United States Schools
The goal of our 2nd AnnualBack To School With The HistoryMakers program is to put our HistoryMakers in direct contact with young people all across the nation and to:
So far, 160 HistoryMakershave agreed to participate this year, and more are signing up each day. We have approximately 1,700 living HistoryMakers across the country and hope to grow this program significantly in 2011. Confirmed HistoryMakers include:
Ambassador Carol Mosely-Braun
T’Keyah Crystal Keymáh
Many schools have remained segregated after the landmark Supreme Court decision of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka (1954) that stated “separate is not equal.”
Reginald Weaver, Former President of the NEA at Kenmoor Middle School in Landover, MD for Back To School With The HistoryMakers 2010
Other Dunbar students: Mercer Cook (79), Paul Cooke (92), Adelaide Cromwell (90), Dr. Bette Catoe (84), Elizabeth Catlett (94), Gen. Elmer T. Brooks (77), Dr. Harold Freeman (77), Roscoe C. Brown, Jr. (88), Lilian Thomas Burwell (n/a)
Original school building
EntertainmentMaker George Faison, 65 attended Dunbar in the 60s and is a well-known Broadway choreographer and dancer.
PoliticalMaker Edward W. Brooke, III, 91 graduated from Dunbar at 16. He became the first African American to hold the office of Massachusetts Attorney General.
Many all-black schools closed after the Brown v. Board Supreme Court decision because school resources provided to white schools who were supposed to integrate black children into their districts.
An All-White School
ArtMaker Charles Harrison, 79, is an industrial designer who worked on the team that developed the View-Master.
From the race riots that shook up urban America in the late 1960s to today’s gang violence, racial and other violence affects the public school system and its students.
Business and CivicMaker Sheila C. Johnson graduated from Proviso East in 1966. Johnson co-founded Black Entertainment Television (BET) in 1980.
Other Proviso students: Judge Shelvin Louise Hall (60), Kimberly Lightford (41)
In some cases, integration occurred peacefully and somewhat willingly. Many schools tried to integrate, but integration efforts declined drastically after a decade.
Students at Rosa Parks Elementary School in Dayton, Ohio, where EducationMaker, MedicalMaker, and MilitaryMaker Alyce Jenkins spoke for Back To School 2010
CivicMaker Rev. Al Sharpton, 55, attended Tilden in the late 1960s. He is internationally known as a minister, civil rights activist and radio talk show host. He was also a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. presidential election in 2004.
ArtMaker, Nikki Giovanni , attended Lockland for the 1957-1958 school year.
EntertainmentMaker Quincy Jones, 77, attended Garfield in the late 1940s.
Rev. C.T. Vivian revisits his alma materEdison Elementary School in Macomb, Illinois
Rev. Fred Shuttlesworthrevisits John Herbert Phillips Academy in Birmingham, Alabama where he was beaten by police in 1957 while attempting to enroll his daughters in school.
To participate in the 2nd Annual Back To School With The HistoryMakers ,contact The HistoryMakers to:
Regular Mail: 1900 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60616