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Thoughtful Thursday: Malcolm X

Fifty four years ago today, on February 21, 1965, activist and religious leader Malcolm X was assassinated by a member of the Nation of Islam while addressing his Organization of Afro-American Unity at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City. Today's Thoughtful Thursday pays tribute to Malcolm X, first with the stirring eulogy Ossie Davis delivered at his funeral.  Then, [...]

President Obama and Steph Curry on Overcoming Obstacles

On Tuesday, the Obama Foundation’s first national My Brother’s Keeper Alliance convening, MBK Rising!, began in Oakland, CA. This two-day event brought together civic leaders, young men of color and representatives of the MBK organizations that are supporting these young men nationwide. The opening session of the convening featured a session with President Obama and Steph Curry answering questions [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Valentine’s Day Edition with Paul Laurence Dunbar

Happy Valentine's Day!  Today's Thoughtful Thursday celebrates this day of love and romance with three love poems from one of America's first great Black poets, Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906).  Dunbar was known for writing poetry in both standard English and dialectic verse, and there are examples of both in the love songs presented below. While his use of dialect [...]

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Are “Two Codes” the Keys To Success in Life? So Says The College Board

A recent NY Times column highlights an initiative from the College Board (the folks who create and produce the SATs and AP Exams) in which the Board determined that mastering two codes--computer science and the U.S. Constitution--were the most important skills (among the skills they test) for achieving success in college and in life.  They explain their clunky-but-cleverly named [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

For today’s Thoughtful Thursday we celebrate a wonderful African American poet whom we at GCP have only recently discovered: Frances Ellen Watkins Harper (1825-1911).  In addition to being a poet, Harper was a journalist, fiction writer and activist. Born in Baltimore to free African American parents,  she learned to read and write at the Academy for Negro Youth run [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

If you are anywhere in the Midwest or the Eastern half of the U.S., it is freezing outside! Temperatures in NYC ranged from 2 degrees (with a wind chill of -14 this morning) to the whopping high of 16 earlier in the day. Time to stay indoors, bundle up, make some hot chocolate and read some Winter poems with [...]

Are Your Children Looking at College Websites Online? Tell Them Every Click Counts

Do you have a high schooler in the college hunt? Here's important news from a recent article in the Wall Street Journal: Some colleges are tracking students' online interaction with their websites and factoring this into their admissions decisions. Those of you familiar with the college admissions process may have heard that some colleges look at students' "demonstrated interest", [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Blues For The January Blahs

Here in New York City the weather has been bitterly cold over the past few days, and today it was gray and rainy. Has anyone been feeling down in the dumps lately because of weather? Kinda makes you want to sing the blues. And so today's Thoughtful Thursday will feature just that--The Blues. Brought to you by Langston Hughes [...]

Parents: Time for A Mid Year Check-in

Now that our children are back in school after the holidays and settling back into the routine, it is a great time to check in with their teachers to see how things are going. If your son is in elementary or lower school, why not send a simple email to his teacher to ask how he is adjusting to [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Happy Birthday Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.!

However you choose to celebrate Dr. King's birthday this year, be sure to have your celebration include sharing some of his wisdom with your sons and daughters. Here are some of his well known messages and some not so well known, all of which remain so powerful and relevant today. Enjoy! Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. [...]