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Clinton School Students Kayla Brooks, Quiana Brown, Kent Broughton, and Calandra Davis recently received a grant for $770.00 from Wisconsin Campus Compact.
Wisconsin Campus Compact is a lead agency in promoting the 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. The MLK Day of Service honors the life of Dr. King. It is also a way of reminding all Americans of their civic duty to serve, as well as helping members of the community to work together to solve common problems.
Clinton School students wrote a proposal for a project entitled “21st Century Dream.” The 21st Century Dream project will enable at-risk youth to improve their sense of pride, literacy skills, and insight on non-traditional historical figures of color through an interactive community play in commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. Youth who attend this production will utilize the knowledge and literacy material obtained from the event to continue the work and conversation of public service in their communities.
The play will be held in February at a local school in Little Rock.
David Morrissey, class one alum and executive director at the U.S. International Council on Disabilities, talks about a push around the globe to expand rights for individuals with disabilities
Thank you to everyone who donated a sleeping bag or socks to our drive to benefit the local homeless community this cold winter. We received 102 sleeping bags, 423 pairs of socks, $750 for the Van, a local non-profit that distributes supplies to the homeless in central Arkansas, 14 hats, five pairs of gloves, four sweatshirts, three blankets, and one scarf.
Also, thank you to the students for putting this together!
Clinton School students held a successful series of fundraisers for Movember, raising over $1,000 for the organization and raised awareness about men’s health issues during the month of November. The fundraising events included a beard-shaving auction, pool tournament, a Monday Night Football watch party, and culminated with a talent and music show featuring Clinton students.
This is the third year Clinton School students have raised funds for Movember.”Movember is a fun way to raise money for cancer research and discuss men’s health issues, which guys don’t usually do,” said Clinton School student Nate Kennedy. “Last year was the first year I participated and grew a mustache for Movember. We had a lot of fun and success then, so I wanted to keep the tradition going this year.”
In addition to monetary donations, a number of local businesses donated time, space, and raffle items to the cause. Events were held at the White Water Tavern, The West End Smokehouse and Tavern, Dugan’s Pub, and The Afterthought Bistro and Bar. Raffle item donors include 4square, Boulevard Bread Co., Heights Fine Wines and Spirits, Jerry’s Barber Shop, Loblolly Creamery, Rosen Music, Spokes Bike Shop, Ten Thousand Villages, Za Za Pizza and Salad, and Outdoor Cap.
The article below originally appeared on nobelpeaceprizeforum.org in June of this year as a reflection of Nelson Mandela receiving the Nobel Peace Prize. It is written by current Clinton School student, Thato Masire.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s Peace Prize. In 1993, Nelson Mandela and F.W de Klerk were recognized for “their work for the peaceful termination of the apartheid regime.” Nearing 95, Nelson Mandela is a global icon and a symbol of peace. Mandela played an instrumental role in the discussions that led to the dismantling of apartheid in South Africa, which was characterized by white minority rule.
His leadership during and after the negotiations laid the foundation for a new South Africa. Following the dismantling of apartheid, Mandela became the first black democratically elected president of South Africa.
As president, Mandela led South Africa on a course that took the country forward prioritizing on nation-building and reconciliation. He worked tirelessly towards the promotion and maintenance of peace in South Africa.
Taking office at a time when South Africa was deeply divided, he restored the dignity of the black majority while also reassuring the whites that they had nothing to fear from the change of government. Naming his former adversary F.W de Klerk as deputy president is a true testament of his efforts of racial inclusion at all spheres of society even at the highest levels of government. Mandela was dedicated to the functioning of the Rainbow Nation. The Rainbow Nation is a term coined by 1984 Nobel laureate, Desmond Tutu, to describe the diversity of races and tribes that characterize modern South Africa.
It is widely believed that Mandela’s leadership before and during his presidency averted a civil war along racial and ethnic lines. Peace appears to have been perpetually on his mind when examines his actions and decisions.
After leaving office and retiring from active politics, Mandela established a charitable fondation. A true global citizen, Mandela lent his efforts and time as an advocate of peace, reconciliation, often through the auspices of his foundation.
As part of his 89th birthday in 2007, Mandela established The Elders, which is a grouping of 12 eminent leaders whose aim is to use their wisdom and experience to tackle global issues. Members of the Elders include Nobel Laureates former US President Jimmy Carter, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, former Finnish Prime Minister Martti Ahtisaari, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
In honor of the contributions Mandela made towards the culture of peace and freedom, the United Nations declared July 18th as the Nelson Mandela International Day. It is important to note that the Mandela is the first individual to receive such an honor. The day brings to attention the values that Mandela embraced which include democracy, equality, diversity, reconciliation, and respect.
At the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize Forum, at which F.W de Klerk was a keynote speaker, he credited Nelson Mandela for the important role he played in the building of new post-apartheid South Africa. What we can all learn from Mandela’s leadership is to be part of something bigger than the self and to work tirelessly towards it. As we reflect on Mandela’s 20th anniversary as a Nobel Peace Prize laureate there is no overstating the impact of Mandela’s leadership and actions. Simply put his contributions to have been momentous.
“The most important thing is to lay the foundation of peace.” Ethiopian Proverb
The Center on Community Philanthropy and Visiting Philanthropy Faculty Scholar, Dr. Travis L. Dixon, have been hosting a series of conversations on “Race in the Media” in Little Rock, Pine Bluff and Helena-West Helena. The series will conclude with a 12:00 p.m. Public Program at the Clinton School on December 12th.
Dr. Dixon, a professor of Communications Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, has drawn from his research on the portrayal of minorities in the media to engage Arkansans with the purpose of generating dialogue and actionable ideas for meaningful change.
The first in the series of “Race in the Media” conversations was held at the Clinton School in October as a student session. Dr. Dixon’s presentation focused on “Understanding the Effects of Stereotypical Content on Social Policy.” Over the course of the discussion, he explained to the students that “stereotypes are the foundation of racism—if we can deal with them effectively, we can deal with racism.”
Subsequent conversations on “Race in the Media: Understanding the Issues and Discussing Opportunities for Action” were recently held in Pine Bluff and in Helena-West Helena.
The discussion in Pine Bluff, a follow up to the community conversation on structural racism that the Center hosted in 2011, convened nearly 50 people. “It’s a very timely issue,” explained Vivian Flowers, a resident of Pine Bluff who participated in the session. “I hope the discussion fuels partnerships between the Clinton School and the community of Pine Bluff, and that this type of advocacy drives positive action.”
The program in Helena was the first of its kind organized by the Center on Community Philanthropy, and attracted participants from surrounding areas. “This is exactly the kind of thing our communities need,” said Doris Miller, a Mississippi resident who drove to Arkansas for the session. “These types of conversations are so important, and we never have this kind of access to scholars like Dr. Dixon,” she added.
“The Center is proud to offer these opportunities to our community partners in the Delta,” said Dr. Charlotte L. Williams, Associate Professor and Director of the Clinton School Center on Community Philanthropy. “Using scholarship and research to address issues of race and equity is an integral part of the work of the Center, and it is necessary for creating positive change in the region.”
The series of discussions will culminate with Dr. Dixon’s Public Program titled, “Media Stereotypes and their Role in Racial Healing and Equity: Community Philanthropy and News’ Portrayals.” The session will highlight information from the “Race in the Media” conversations and summarize his research as a Visiting Philanthropy Faculty Scholar. This work is a part of the Center on Community Philanthropy’s broader initiative titled “Pathways to Racial Healing and Equity in the American South,” which aims to convene and engage individuals around the idea of community philanthropy and issues of equity.
Dr. Dixon’s Public Program at the Clinton School is free and open to the public. Please reserve your seat by emailing email@example.com or calling (501) 683-5239.
David Ford, Thato Masire, and Dani Folks, members of the class of 2015 and the Crossroads Coalition Practicum team, attended the ninth annual dinner of their partner organization on December 3, 2013. The Dinner, “An Evening with the Candidates,” hosted all three candidates who are running to become Arkansas’ next Governor.
The annual dinner is an opportunity for the Crossroads Coalition to recognize the outstanding achievements of organizations and individuals within the Delta and raise awareness of the critical issues impacting the communities, businesses, and organizations they serve. On this night, the Crossroads Coalition also took a moment to highlight their excitement of the work being done by their Clinton School Practicum team to develop a business incubator blueprint and best practices report for the Delta region. The implementation of a business incubator is one piece of the Crossroads Coalition’s broader vision to stimulate growth in the Delta economy.
Clinton School Professor Don Ernst was recently interviewed by Comcast Newsmakers regarding his work as the Coordinator of the Children’s Initiative at the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library and Learning Center.