BOE no-shows sabotage April meeting

Since joining the Board of Education in 2015, I have decided not to blog much about the school’s governing body. I’ve written (and spoken) a lot about the failures of American education as a whole, I’ve defended a controversial vote of my own, and I’ve even endorsed one slate of candidates – not counting my own…

Jodhpur to Delhi

My last post, late Tuesday, showed (link) my first day and a half in Jodhpur, India, the second largest city in Rajasthan. I stayed in that city from Monday around noon until a Thursday afternoon flight back to Delhi, where I spent Friday and Saturday. It’s Saturday evening now, and I will begin the trip…

Jodhpur – the “Blue City”

As I explained in my last post (click here), I arrived in India with a friend on Saturday, spending two full days in New Delhi and Agra before planning to fly to the state of Rajasthan. On Monday around at almost 1pm, we landed in Jodhpur, the “Blue City” of the state Rajasthan. Jodhpur is…

Delhi & Agra

On Saturday, my friend Dana and I landed in New Delhi, India around noon. We took the long way – first flying fifteen hours to Guangzhou, China, before boarding a six-hour flight to the Indian capital after a two-hour layover. A direct flight to India would have been around 13 hours. There’s a silver lining…

Black History Month: The Green Grove Community

In one of my earliest vivid memories, I was four years old and crying my eyes out. It was August 1991, and I was in Lumpkin, Stewart County, Georgia. The occasion was the funeral of my maternal great-grandmother, Charlie Ellen Rutherford (nee Cullen) and I was terrified. “Am I going to die?” I wailed, as…

Stop the Violence Walk

On Saturday, February 18th, at noon, nearly a hundred people gathered at Garfield Avenue and East Second Street on the city’s East End. The gathering was cosponsored by Rabb Spann of Mount Olive Baptist Church, Tony Washington of the Crazii Dozen Auto Club, and the Plainfield Anti-Violence Coalition. Its purpose was to take a stand…

Reverend Tracey Brown to host Thursday conversation

According to a press release, Reverend Tracey Brown will host a community discussion tonight about violence and how to move forward in improving the city. There were twelve murders in Plainfield last year, and four in December – just last month. In January one person has already been killed. Other quality of life issues will be…