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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor and Northway Mall

The passing of Gene Wilder yesterday caught us in our heart and in our soul.  One of the best actors of our generation, a man who could play comedy and tragedy and off-kilter characters, and switch from one genre to another with minimal effort, Gene Wilder was a true theater genius. And while most of…

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