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March 28th, 2014
thesmithian
It looked so beautiful, but I found out on the black side where began my hell.

Johnny Gaddy, 68

of his time at the

Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys, [where] five older black men took a road trip to Marianna, a rural town on the Florida panhandle—historic Klan country—to confront their demons on the reform school’s vast, wooded campus…[researchers] had excavated 55 sets of remains at Dozier’s Boot Hill cemetery, 5 more than they’d originally identified, and 24 more than were indicated in the school’s official records. Other campus locations remain to be searched.

March 26th, 2014
thesmithian

'We've persuaded ourselves that residential isolation of low-income black children is only de facto—the accident of economic circumstance, personal preference, and private discrimination. Unless we relearn how residential segregation is de jure—racially motivated public policy—we can't remedy school segregation that flows from neighborhood isolation.'

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March 22nd, 2014
thesmithian

manufactoriel:

Doll Test, by Gordon Parks (1967)

[meaningful glance]

Reblogged from FRNCHWD
March 21st, 2014
thesmithian

curly-essence:

soykisses:

ventureandvirtue:

Man carries girl on his shoulders during a march with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Alabama, ca. 1965.

i love this.

http://curlyessence.com/

[meaningful glance]

(Source: afro-art-chick)

Reblogged from b.vikki vintage
March 1st, 2014
thesmithian

…when [she] asked her daughters to make a list of the hurtful things that have been said to them, the girls remembered things that their mother didn’t, making it clear that the comments were staying with them.

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February 28th, 2014
thesmithian

…a new generation of hardcore Disney fans, powered by Instagram and Facebook and made up of grandparents in their 60s, as well as teens and toddlers plodding along beside their parents. Only 10 years ago, their style—tattooed and plugged—would have banned them from the parks and made them outcasts among Disney fans. But now, with tolerance, if not approval, from the Mouse, the social clubs have found a playground to call their own. Like the Goths of the 1990s or the hippies of the 1960s, they trek the park like a second home, occasionally mistaken for troublemakers…

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February 11th, 2014
thesmithian

'The issue is how, not whether, to invest more in preschool, mindfully preventing learning disparities before they emerge. Poor youngsters enter kindergarten already four to six months behind their middle-class peers in oral language and preliteracy skills. Nor is the issue whether the nation can afford to lift poor children: Americans spend more than $53 billion each year on their pets, far more than family and government outlays for child care and preschool.'

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February 1st, 2014
thesmithian

…a decidedly judgment-free approach to the…characters and situations in…12 O’Clock Boys…[an] unvarnished, kinetic, often disturbing portrait of illegal dirt bikers in…Baltimore.

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February 1st, 2014
thesmithian
What if it had been your child, Cate Blanchett? Louis CK? Alec Baldwin? What if it had been you, Emma Stone? Or you, Scarlett Johansson? You knew me when I was a little girl, Diane Keaton. Have you forgotten me? Woody Allen is a living testament to the way our society fails the survivors of sexual assault and abuse. So imagine your seven-year-old daughter being led into an attic by Woody Allen. Imagine she spends a lifetime stricken with nausea at the mention of his name. Imagine a world that celebrates her tormenter. Are you imagining that? Now, what’s your favorite Woody Allen movie?
January 29th, 2014
thesmithian

chicagopubliclibrary:

Their First Library Cards!

Jackson & Ian (and mom) braved the cold weather recently to stop by our Bucktown-Wicker Park Branch and get their library cards! 

[look of the hour]

Reblogged from CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY
January 19th, 2014
thesmithian

Studies of mindfulness programs in schools have found that regular practice—even just a few minutes per day—improves student self-control and increases their classroom participation, respect for others, happiness, optimism, and self-acceptance levels. It can help reduce absenteeism and suspensions too. A mindfulness practice helps reduce activity in the amygdala, the brain’s emotional center responsible for fear and stress reactions.

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December 28th, 2013
thesmithian

Somebody has to document not only wars, but political crisis, economic crisis, not only for now but for history. Somebody is going to wonder, “what happened to these I-don’t-know-how-many people killed in Syria because of toxic weapons,” or “how many refugees were there?” When your children read a history book in fifty years, Syria and Afghanistan are going to be chapters. The economic crisis in the US will be a chapter. We do it because it’s important. —Rodrigo Abd

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