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Dr. Elaine Ruiz López - CEO News & Notes February 2020

Celebrating African American Heritage and History

2020 Chinese New Year
Harriet Tubman
March 1822 - March 10, 1913
It is an annual tradition at our charter school to pause and reflect on the sacrifices and contributions made by African Americans in the development of America’s history and throughout the globe. This year, we have partnered with the New York Historical Society to provide targeted lessons to our young scholars during the month of February. This year’s “Teach In” is an intentional presentation of topics connected to our history curriculum on the Slave Trade, the Civil Rights movement, the Jim Crow era, Black Citizenship, and the Underground Railroad. The story of Harriet Tubman has finally made it to the big screen, as a movie that chronicles her life of extraordinary courage and to free as many slaves as she could. Harriet, also known as the Black Moses, was a fearless leader with supernatural strength, who risked her life and paved the way to freedom for thousands of slaves.  One of my favorite quotes is “I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed thousands more, if only they knew they were slaves.”
Learn more about Harriet Tubman at the links below:

Additional Highlights:
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s I have a Dream Speech
The “I Have a Dream” speech, delivered by Martin Luther King, Jr. before a crowd of some 250,000 people at the 1963 March on Washington, remains one of the most famous speeches in history. In addition, “I’ve been to the Mountain Top” his final speech stands among the most prolific and prophetic speeches in American History.

Dr. Mae Jemison, Engineer and Astronaut
Retired NASA astronaut Mae Jemison, is an engineer, and physician. She was the first African-American woman to be selected as an astronaut and fly into space. On September 12, 1992, Jemison launched into orbit aboard the shuttle orbiter Endeavour for mission STS-47(Spacelab-J). As a science mission specialist, it was her job to oversee the 44- life science and materials processing experiments that were conducted while in orbit. Read More:

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Arturo Alfonso Schomburg
The name of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg is probably better known to the U.S.’s African American community than among Puerto Ricans. Schomburg an Afro-Puerto Rican built the Schomburg Center for Research on Black Culture in New York had become one of the largest and most used repositories for recovered materials documenting the African experience around the world. Schomburg’s valuable library collection has opened the way for scholars and students to learn more about a legacy often neglected in the traditional histories of most countries.

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