Safety Tips

The DC Police Department sent out the following safety tips that I wanted to share with everyone

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Muslim History Program at Dar Al Hijrah

The Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center will be having a History of Islam in the US Program on February 23rd. More information is here

Get $5,000 Scholarship and Meet Maya Angelou

The Words of Wisdom Contest for a $5,000 Scholarship. More information is here

This contest challenges students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) across the country to answer the question, “In remembering the past, what will you do to contribute to a brighter future?”

Georgetown’s NAACP Pres. Gets Attention for Her Race (She’s White)

Nice story from my alma mater. People of all ethnic groups and races should fight for justice for all people – even if they don’t belong to the same group. Ms. Gunderson is setting a fine example.

The president of Georgetown University’s chapter of the NAACP is thoughtful and determined. Also, she is white.

The national organization has had several white presidents, but Ellie Gunderson is making headlines — in the Washington City Paper and the Detroit Free Press — for leading Georgetown’s chapter.

Ms. Gunderson, a sophomore, is from Southfield, Mich., a predominantly black suburb of Detroit. In audio clips on the City Paper’s Web site, she talks about having celebrated Black History Month and studied the civil-rights movement in school. “That was always, always emphasized, like from kindergarten,” she says.

What she learned outside the classroom influenced her perspective, too. “Growing up kind of, like, poor … even though I’m not a minority, made me more sympathetic towards people that aren’t treated equally for whatever reason,” she says, in an inflection the City Paper calls “unmistakably ‘urban.’”

Black classmates at Georgetown were initially taken aback by her voice and mannerisms, says the City Paper, but later they nominated her to lead their NAACP chapter.

This fall Ms. Gunderson helped to defuse a tense episode with a campus student newspaper, The Hoya. Black students had criticized the paper for giving a Jena Six rally short shrift and then publishing an unsympathetic column. “The Hoya Is Racist” was scrawled in chalk on a campus square.

Ms. Gunderson had long discussions with the columnist, after which they agreed that The Hoya should reach out to minority students. —Sara Lipka

Education for Minority Kids Needs to Improve

I found this article in the Washington Post to be very interesting because in today’s competitive world, we need to do everything that we can to make sure that all segments of our society are educated properly. We need to also make sure that parents are heavily involved in their children’s education as well. I applaud the NAACP in Loudoun County for taking the lead to make sure that things like this are done. Read the rest of this entry »