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The Power of Purpose by Les Brown

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We must look for ways to be an active force in our own lives. We must take charge of our own destinies, design a life of substance and truly begin to live our dreams.”
Some people can come to a crossroads in their life, and not which direction to travel. They could be feeling as though they have lost their sense of purpose or are not sure where to go in their life. At a time when you are facing these feelings, this book can help you by giving you the insight you need to work through the situation.
I deeply believe that all of us have what it takes to make it in today’s competitive and changing world. Someone once told me that the key to ultimate achievement has very little to do with your education or skill level but to find and pursue the kind of work…

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Detroit Files Title Vi Complaint Against State

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The powerless elected school board of Detroit has filed a Title Vi complaint against Governor Rick Snyder for discrimination against the children of Detroit.

The complaint documents the failure of state control of the Detroit public schools. For most of the past 16 years, the district has been controlled by the state. Deficits have grown, enrollment has plummeted, and the public school system is nearly destroyed.

The bottom line is that the state did nothing that succeeded in providing the children of Detroit equality of educational opportunity.

Read the complaint. It documents a history of neglect, experimentation, and destruction. The children were the victims.

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Newly Digitized Hoover Presidential Documents

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The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum in West Branch, IA, was the final location for this year’s Primarily Teaching summer institutes.  At the library, the workshop participants explored documents from Herbert Hoover’s time as the 31st President of the United States.

Proportion of Population Given Relief in May 1929, May 1930, and May 1931 in 13 Specified Cities (Based on Data from US Children’s Bureau), 1931. From the Collection HH-HOOVH: Herbert Hoover Papers. Proportion of Population Given Relief in May 1929, May 1930, and May 1931 in 13 Specified Cities (Based on Data from US Children’s Bureau), 1931. From the Collection HH-HOOVH: Herbert Hoover Papers.

Because the years of his presidency cover the beginning of the Great Depression, many of the documents digitized during Primarily Teaching relate to the rising unemployment rates, and the public works and relief efforts for the poor following the stock market crash of 1929.

With the onset of the Great Depression, concerned citizens from around the country sent Hoover letters on the destitution in their neighborhoods, often describing their own opinions on how America should…

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This Startup Empowers Youth Of Color To Tackle Social Issues With Technology


Enza Academy, a youth innovation and leadership incubator, recently held a free, five-day residential program at Stanford University for 26 youth of color to brainstorm technology solutions that address issues in their communities.

For five days, these high school students participated in an intensive bootcamp with an emphasis on coding, business development and social justice. The program culminated with a pitch event last Sunday night where teams of five students presented technology-based solutions that could make an impact in justice, health, education, community or inequality.


Judges for the event included Draper Fisher Jurvetson Senior Associate Blair Silverberg, YouTube Scaled Education Lead Sylvia Duran Chen, YouTube Business Lead of Creator Communities Kendra Desrosiers, TechCrunch Head of Product Nicole Wilke, Kapor Center Grant Manager Tiffany Price and Base Ventures Managing Director Erik Moore.

They gave the $1,500 grand prize to the team behind EduText, a digital textbook library for students to read and learn…

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Calling on the Vice President

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John Wilkes Booth, the infamous assassin of President Abraham Lincoln, was a busy man on the day of April 14, 1865.  Just hours before the tragedy at Ford’s Theatre, Booth made a visit to the Washington, D.C., hotel where Vice President Andrew Johnson was staying.  It is there that he left today’s spotlight document: a calling card.  Historians are still debating over Booth’s rationale for leaving this card for the vice president.

Calling Card of John Wilkes Booth John Wilkes Booth’s Calling Card, 4/14/1865. From the Records of the Office of the Judge Advocate General (Army). National Archives Identifier: 7873510

The handwritten card is signed J. Wilkes Booth, and contains the short message, “Don’t wish to disturb you.  Are you at home?”  In the original plans for April 14, 1865, Abraham Lincoln was to be kidnapped and taken to Richmond as a means to demand resuming the prisoner exchanges between the Union and the Confederacy.  But…

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Little Rock: White Supremacy Takes Over Again

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This is the story of what is happening in Little Rock, Arkansas, told by a white parent with children in the public schools. Barclay Key is a professor of history at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock.

Little Rock has a special place in our nation’s history. In 1957, three years after the Brown decision declaring “separate but equal” schools unconstitutional, nine black students attempted to enroll in Central High School. Governor Orval Faubus called out the Arkansas National Guard to prevent the students from entering. The NAACP won a federal district court injunction against Governor Faubus. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. urged President Dwight D. Eisenhower to intervene. President Eisenhower sent the 101st Airborne Division to protect the students and uphold the law.

Fast forward to to 2015. The schools of Little Rock are again under siege, different cast of characters. This it is about both race…

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