The Harriet Tubman Museum in Cape May marked its opening. Here's what's inside, and why it's in Cape May.
CAPE MAY, N.J. — A year and a half ago, the old parsonage house of the Macedonia Baptist Church on Lafayette Street in Cape May, vacant for decades, was in danger of being torn down.On Thursday, that danger was declared officially over at Lafayette near Franklin Streets, a corner with deep historic resonance for the city’s Black families and for the country’s abolitionist movement.The old Howell House, newly renovated and expanded, was now filled with artifacts of slavery and abolitionist history, and with an African art and history collection from the Rev. Robert Davis, Macedonia’s longtime p...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Commentary: Big Ten football is suddenly 'safe'? In the reopening debate for sports and entertainment, that word is a lie
As the Big Ten conference announced its about-turn on fall football Tuesday, the Northwestern University coach was ecstatic. “I’m excited for our guys to have a safe opportunity to play the game they love,” said Pat Fitzgerald.That was an absurd statement that should have been challenged on the spot.Big Ten football is not “safe.” Never was, never has been, never will be. And it certainly did not make the eye-popping transition from perilous overnight, just because a bunch of university administrators about-faced, thanks to a variety of subtle and not-so-subtle pressures from coaches, players,...
Mackinac Island offering remote learning escape for families
Dave Sullivan has gone from working quietly alone at his Ann Arbor, Michigan, home to spending every minute of every day alongside his wife and three young kids with remote learning schedules.“We’ve been cooped up for six months and just to top off 2020, the fantastic year it’s been so far, we’re now doing full-on virtual school,” he said. “We’re tired of seeing the same walls or computer screens. It’s not sustainable.”When Sullivan heard about special family remote-learning getaway packages on Mackinac Island, he planned to discuss the option with his wife, Kristy, immediately.Imagine, he sai...
Detroit Free Press
A desperate race to save parks history as California forests burned all around
SAN JOSE, Calif. — For the past 40 years, Mark Hylkema has been an archaeologist. He has studied events and cultures from thousands of years ago.But last Wednesday, as lightning-sparked fires exploded through the Santa Cruz Mountains, devouring thousands of acres in the area’s largest wildfire in more than a century, Hylkema realized that history was unfolding. And history was at risk.The cultural resources supervisor at the California state parks department’s Santa Cruz district, Hylkema rushed from his home in Sunnyvale to Felton that morning. He jumped into a state parks pickup truck and be...
The Mercury News
Black history instruction gets new emphasis in many states
Through his high school years in Orlando in the 1990s, Florida state Sen. Randolph Bracy never heard a word about a massacre seven decades earlier that took place on Election Day just 15 minutes away in Ocoee.Only later did he learn the story: In 1920, an affluent Black man showed up to vote for president in the tiny town after the Ku Klux Klan warned Black voters not to go to the polls. Inspired by the Klan, angry locals rioted and set fire to homes, churches and other buildings owned by Black residents. The precise death toll is in dispute, but some historians say as many as 60 Black people ...
'They know it's wrong.' Some call on Scouts to change use of Native American culture
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A lot of videos posted from personal accounts over the years depict the “Dance of Joy” celebration at the H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation in Osceola, Mo.Shirtless boys holding feathers move in circles around a large fire while singing in a 2011 video. Older men stand in the middle, wearing headdresses and Native American regalia as part of a Boy Scout tradition.Camps in Missouri and across the country like Bartle bring in thousands of scouts each year to participate in honor programs like the Tribe of Mic-O-Say and Order of the Arrow, which also base some of their traditions...
The Kansas City Star
Commentary: A new Works Progress Administration could create 'learning pods' for all schoolchildren
We are facing so many crises all at the same time. COVID-19 cases are again rising, a pandemic of racial oppression has spawned an uprising in U.S. cities as well as around the globe, and sky-high unemployment rates threaten the stability of American families. But our most immediate crisis is what to do with the kids this fall. Chicago Public Schools, like many other districts, is starting the year online entirely, perhaps offering a hybrid model in the next quarter. Can this really work — for children and for their parents?How is a parent to keep their own job with children at home rather tha...
Thinking of home schooling? Here's how to do it
Families across the U.S. will be getting yet another taste of home schooling this fall, as many school districts opt for some degree of remote learning due to risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.But others are thinking about untethering from traditional schools altogether, adopting their own, more flexible curricula that can be better adapted to parents’ schedules and children’s needs.Indeed, interest in home schooling — which first gained traction among religious families over the past few decades — has spiked since the pandemic began. Taking responsibility for your children’s education, how...
Evangelicals wrestle with racism and their own silence: 'We repent'
SEATTLE — Joseph Castleberry, president of Northwest University, an evangelical school in Kirkland, Wash., was sitting at his desk in early May when he started seeing Facebook posts about a Black man killed while jogging through a coastal Georgia town.As Castleberry read about 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery, fatally shot by white men shown on video chasing him down, he said: “It just broke my heart.”“It was so obviously a case of unjust vigilantism, and it sure looked like racism to me,” said the university president, who is white, and acknowledges intimate knowledge of racism from a childhood in s...
The Seattle Times
Colleges campuses are trying to reopen in the fall. The main source of opposition? The faculty
CHICAGO — Just because students might be returning to college campuses this fall doesn’t mean professors will be joining them.Controversy over whether instructors need to be in the classroom during the fall term has erupted at campuses including the University of Notre Dame, where professors are pushing back, noting the dangers of face-to-face classes while the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage.These faculty members say they alone should determine how they will teach this fall. Notre Dame, however, is asking those with objections to in-person instruction to submit documentation of medical...