Education 

APS School Board not renewing superintendent’s contract

According to the above letter, Atlanta Public Schools has confirmed they will not be renewing Dr. Meria Carstarphen’s contract as superintendent. The Atlanta Board of Education called a special meeting on Monday morning where members met in executive session to discuss her future with Atlanta Public Schools The school board decided in July not renew Carstarphen’s contract, but delayed making it public inorder to have a smooth opening of the 2019 school year. Many board members were against renewing her contract, despite being confronted by parents about who were for…

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Community Voices by Historic Westside Legacy Keepers

Community Voices: In the spirit of Sankofa-Sankofa is an African word from the Akan tribe in Ghana. The literal translation of the word and the symbol is “it is not taboo to fetch what is at risk of being left behind.” -Historic Westside News Legacy Keepers Program sought to capture the remembered past of those who experienced the “Westside story,” that is, the social context leading up to, including, and following the Civil Rights movement and how it affected residents. The Interviews available here showcase the unique memories of residents…

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Historic Westside News Issue 12, January 2019

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Historic Westside News Launches Legacy Keeper Program

By Colette Haywood How much do you know about the rich history of Atlanta’s Westside neighborhoods? The people who used to live here? Events that may have happened here? The businesses? The schools? Historic Westside News is pleased to announce that we are the recipients of Choice Neighborhood Atlanta’s Microgrant 4.0 for the launch of the Historic Westside Legacy Keeper Program. In the program, 10 high school students will pair with college students to work with institutions and organizations to document the rich heritage of the 5 neighborhoods served by Historic…

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Culture Education 

Celebrate Black History Month with the Atlanta Branch of ASALH

Dr. R. Candy Tate is Historian for the Atlanta Branch of ASALH, an Adjunct Professor at Clark Atlanta University in the Art & Fashion Department, and Assistant Director for the Center for Creativity & Arts at Emory University.  The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) was founded on September 9, 1915 by Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson, an African American historian, journalist, and author who is often referred to as the “father of black history.” The organization’s mission is to “promote, research, preserve, interpret and disseminate…

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Education Youth 

Feeling the Love at Hollis – An Interview with Dr. Diamond Jack

By Sigele Winbush Sigele Winbush is an Atlanta native and true believer in the power of connected communities. She serves the Westside through her work with the Westside Future Fund, supporting the organization’s PR and communications efforts. While the doors of Hollis Innovation Academy have only officially been open for less than eight months, the results would suggest otherwise as students at the Westside’s newest K-8 public school are thriving and seem right at home. The STEM-focused Academy is one of the first of its kind in the state –…

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Education Youth 

The Wren’s Nest Helps Groom Young Authors

Author Byline:  Kalin Thomas is Program Director of the Wren’s Nest and an active resident of Historic West End.  Kalin studied Broadcast Journalism at Howard University and she is a former on-air reporter and producer for CNN.             The Wren’s Nest, Atlanta’s oldest house museum, is helping to groom young authors in our community.  The museum’s Scribes writing program is sponsoring students at Brown Middle School and KIPP STRIVE Academy. The 12-week program pairs the middle school students with writing professionals and semi-professionals, who help them learn how to…

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