Entire Bronx High School Senior Class Going To College This Fall
A Bronx high school has a lot to be proud about: The entire 2016 class of Theater Arts Production High School will go the college this fall.
According to PIX 11 News, the eight-year-old New York City public high school resides in Tremont, an area that has a graduation rate of 60 percent. Yet, this performing arts high school has a 77 percent graduation rate.
“The key to our success is the collective work of our entire school,” principal Ron Link said. “It’s the parents, teachers, staff members, all the way down to the cafeteria workers and custodians.”
Even better? As a collective, these graduates were offered a whopping $5.5 million dollars in grants and scholarships to attend college this fall.
President Obama Names Stonewall A National Monument, First Ever In LGBT History
On Friday, President Barack Obama named the very first national monument to gay rights, honoring the Stonewall riots in New York that took place almost fifty years ago in 1969. According the Associated Press, the Stonewall National Monument will be in Christopher Park, which is right across from the iconic Stonewall Inn tavern.
“I believe our national parks should reflect the full story of our country: the richness and diversity and uniquely American spirit that has always defined us,” Obama said in a video announcing the monument. “That we are stronger together, that out of many, we are one.”
This naming of this monument came almost two weeks after the bombing of the Pulse, an LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando, that killed 49 people.
Rainbow Push to Hold Conference in Chicago, Hillary Clinton Will Be Keynote Speaker
The Rainbow PUSH Coalition and the Citizenship Education Fund are holding their 45th annual convention on human rights and presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton will be this year’s key note speaker. Clinton will also be the headline speaker for the “Lifting as We Climb” International Women’s Luncheon, The Grio noted.
Jacqueline Jackson, the chair of the luncheon and wife of Rev. Jessie Jackson who founded Rainbow PUSH, believes that Clinton is a perfect addition to the event.
“Clinton is in the lineage of what Rainbow PUSH has been doing throughout our existence, lifting up the dispossessed, the locked out, the forgotten,” she said. “She is a history maker, on the verge of making even more. We are honored to have her as our keynote speaker and, I hope, as the President of the United States of America.”
The convention, which is titled“ A More Perfect Union: from Freedom to Voting Rights to Economic Justice,” will be held June 25-29 in Chicago.