Last night came the horrifying news. The campus of the old Doane Stuart parochial school burned to the ground. Absolutely devastating news. Although the school itself moved out of that location a decade ago, there were hopes that the facility could be rehabbed into new housing or new living accommodations. Those hopes are now sadly…Read More
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Do you people even KNOW what “critical race theory” is?
I swear, there are people in this world who are completely freaked out over things that they don’t even know. And, honestly, it’s shameful. I’m talking about “critical race theory.” This is the big bad buzzword that has conservatives up in arms. “Oh, they’re going to teach kids to be ashamed of the history of…Read More
165 Clinton Avenue
From 1979 to 1981, I attended school at the Street Academy of Albany. It was an alternative high school, a place originally created in 1970 to help provide a way out for the disaffected and marginalized teens in Albany’s inner-city neighborhoods. By 1974, it had moved into the former School No. 7 on Clinton Avenue…Read More
In honor and in glory of Ms. Ruby Hughes.
During my time in high school, it was not unusual for my classmates to have very dedicated familial forces that kept students in school under every possible method. You knew these mothers as much as you knew their sons and daughters. One such mother was Ruby Hughes. She was mother to one of my classmates,…Read More
Rest in Glory, Kenneth DeWitt (1930-2020).
Kenneth DeWitt, who departed this life on October 20, 2020 at 90 years old, was the son of the late Theodore and Emma DeWitt. Born on August 2, 1930, he was the oldest of nine siblings. He was educated in the public school system of Goshen, NY, where he excelled academically. He received an Honorable…Read More
50 years ago … Street Academy held its first classes.
On September 20, 1970, a new type of public high school opened its doors for the first time. For on this very week, the Street Academy of Albany became the city’s newest public education center. The following is a history of the Street Academy of Albany (1970-1992) and Harriet Gibbons High School (1992-2006 HS, 2005-2010…Read More
The Adventures of Lil’ Margie
Back in high school, Alfreda Tillman and I were best buddies. We still are today. So when she posted some news on her Facebook page, I felt it was important enough to share on my blog. Alfreda’s niece Nakia Tillman just authored a new children’s book, The Adventures of Lil’ Margie, a book about Nakia’s…Read More
The Tony Clement Center for Education
I remember Principal Tony Clement as the final administrator of Harriet Gibbons High School, back when the Albany City School District converted the beloved high school into a 9th grade preparatory academy. He worked with the students and the faculty and the administration, he cared about them as if they were his family. That’s part…Read More
The reunion and the honor
What a wonderful night. An absolutely wonderful night. Last evening, I was honored and blessed to watch my high school principal, Lillian Tillman-DeWitt, join six other honorees as the Albany City School District’s 2016 Hall of Fame class. The honorees were joined by over 200 attendees last night, including family, friends and supporters. First off,…Read More
An Honor for Tonight
This evening will be a very special personal moment in time. One of the guides in my life – a person who helped build a pathway out of despair and into achievement for hundreds of young men and women – will be honored tonight, as Lillian Tillman-DeWitt joins six other honorees as members of the…Read More