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Thursday, May 29, 2008

On One End of the Country, Black Students Are Excelling & on the Other, there's the Harlem Madness-Call it a Complex Life

Unfortunately, here at Afronerd, we have to highlight both sides of the coin. Of course, Mr. Starks and I had to utilize our ever discerning and analytical scalpels to make sense of Harlem's Memorial Day chaos (during this evening's Afronerd Radio broadcast) but thankfully just like the stock market-some folks gain and others lose. I want our readers to take a look at this next story about Black youth that get it-education is the answer.

While some in the African-American community had a problem with Joshua Packwood recently being named the first White valedictorian of Morehouse-very few made mention that this achievement is still a "win" for Black folks. What do I mean? Packwood appears to be on the road to success (Rhodes Scholar, position at Goldman-Sachs, schooling overseas) having been taught by a predominantly Black institution-chalk one up for alleged inferior schooling. And yet there are students of color, as documented in this next story, that are still achieving-check out this excerpt from The Sun in which nine students were honored for their scholastic endeavors:

Nine students from historically black colleges and universities were honored today for completing a program aimed at honing minority science savants into 21st century leaders.

The fellowship program in Cal State San Bernardino's Integrated Technology Transfer Network was founded in 2005, with the help of a partnership between the university's Center for Entrepreneurship, the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education, the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and Congressman Lewis.

Since then, 34 fellows with math and science undergrad degrees have been through the rigorous entrepreneurial program. Lewis, who is on the Armed Services Appropriations
Committee, has helped by securing more than $6 million in federal funding, Karnig said.

Click on the link below for the Sun article in its entirety:

Nine African American students at Cal State U honored for their work

And as an aside, I can't get enough of Daniela Cotton-Here's more.....rock on dudes...I mean bruhs!

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