Science Fair inspires young minds
11/8/2018 2:56:20 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard-- A huge crowd filled Rio Vista Middle School grounds, Nov. 3, as the Annual Science Fair brought scores of children and their parents out to be amazed and inspired by all the experiments offered. The event was co-sponsored by California State University Channel Islands and the Ventura County Stem Network who worked together to make the event a success. Attendees were welcomed by the California State University Channel Islands Young Scientist Program, which member Evan House said allows kids to come in, put on a lab...

Lynwood Unified Expands BRIDGE Theatre Project to Include High School Students
11/1/2018 10:42:14 PM

LYNWOOD—Lynwood Unified will expand its theater program to include Firebaugh High School students through a master class that will give students the opportunity to pursue their theatrical passions. The Building Relationships and Inspiring Dialogue through Global Exchange (BRIDGE) Theatre Project was previously limited to Lynwood Unified students in grades four through eight. The expansion will give high school students access to a more immersive theater experience, covering topics like scene study, vocal technique, playwriting, improvisation, and world theater traditions. The...

Academic Standards and the Every Student Succeeds Act
10/25/2018 10:06:52 PM

By: Dr. Elizabeth Primas   The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines standards as, “something established by authority, custom, or general consent as a model or example. For example,” the Egyptians established the 365-day calendar, recording 4236 BC as the first year in recorded history. Around 1100 AD in England, it was determined that the length of King Henry Beauclerc’s foot would be used for the standard measurement of a linear foot. These standards of time and linear measurement are still widely used and accepted today. During the Civil War, America...

Done to Us Not with Us: Calling for New Voices
10/25/2018 10:05:55 PM

By Khalilah Long, Communications Manager, UNCF   Parents play critical roles in their child’s achievement from kindergarten through high school graduation. Parent advocacy has proven to have positive implications on student educational success. But who advocates for and supports parents and caregivers? In African American households, oftentimes, clergy or other prominent community leaders are the galvanizing force behind motivating community involvement. In the ‘50s and ’60s, during the Civil Rights Movement, critical voices for change came through...

Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program Fails to Forgive
10/20/2018 1:14:04 PM

Across the nation and multiple generations, student loan debt now surpasses $1.5 trillion. The anxiety shared by borrowers from all walks of life seeking ways to lift this unsustainable consumer debt affects multiple life dimensions. In some cases, these burdensome debts threaten the future of America’s middle class. Two recent developments hold potential for struggling consumers.    On September 28, the independent and nonpartisan General Accounting Office (GAO) released findings on the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program.  Eligible student...

Our Children Are Saying ‘We Are Afraid’
9/27/2018 10:07:36 AM

By Marian Wright Edelman   The school shootings are scary and we feel like nothing can stop it from happening. — 11-year-old girl, Indiana   We are afraid because there are too many threats at schools. I want my school to be safe and to have art because kids like art. –8-year-old girl, Wisconsin   No one is doing anything to make me feel safe at school. –14-year-old girl, Washington, D.C.   We deserve to have a childhood. –13-year-old boy, Pennsylvania   What worries children most at...

Prayers for Our School Children
9/5/2018 12:04:25 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman   As children across the country return to their classrooms, I share prayers for them in this new school year. I begin with a special prayer for children struggling to beat the odds: Live child—no matter what! Don’t let anybody or anything stop you Like the flowers in the crannied walls squeezing life as ivy, ferns, molds, and yellow buds stretching towards the sun rise from the rocky soil cling to the naked bumpy walls work your roots into the tiny crevices, nooks, and crannies of the unfriendly walls of race and class and...

Mysterious Missing Parts of Malcolm X's Autobiography Found
8/2/2018 8:03:33 PM

By Verena Dobnik   NEW YORK (AP)—For decades, a burning question loomed over a towering 20th century book: “The Autobiography of Malcolm X”: What happened to the reputedly missing chapters that may have contained some of the most explosive thoughts of the African-American firebrand assassinated in 1965? The answer came on Thursday, when an unpublished manuscript of a chapter titled “The Negro” was sold by Guernsey's auction house in Manhattan—for $7,000. “We are like the Western deserts; tumbleweed, rolling and tumbling...

Auctioneer: Rosa Parks House Has Buyers, Working Out Details
8/2/2018 8:01:02 PM

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP)—The auctioneer selling the house where Rosa Parks sought refuge after fleeing the South amid death threats said after the auction on Thursday there are buyers interested, but it will take a few days to work out the details. The house was included in an auction by Guernsey's in New York as part of a larger sale of African-American cultural and historic items. It was listed with a minimum bid of $1 million, with a presale estimate of $1 million to $3 million. It didn't sell during the auction, but Arlan Ettinger, of Guernsey's, said he was...

You Don’t Have to Break the Bank to Give Back
7/26/2018 9:14:17 PM

By Dr. Harry L. Williams Earlier this year, a man named Jack Weldon Patrick passed away in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. A long-time lawyer, Patrick was remembered as a family man, an advocate for social justice, and a respected community leader. One day a check arrived by mail for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) in memory of Jack Weldon Patrick. A few days later, another one arrived, and a few weeks later, another check. Individual donations kept coming to support the work of TMCF and our publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in honor of...