ACHS has 46 such courses from which students can choose and if a student is not sure about taking them freshmen year, if they plan on attending college, they should definitely take two or three between 10th and 12th grade. As a college English instructor, I can assure you that taking free Honors or AP classes in a public high school will help you avoid paying for remedial courses in college.
Students also had fond memories of their vice principals, some of whom came with them to ACHS from their previous schools. They found comfort in seeing familiar faces among administrators when they reached high school. Sadly, many students said they would not recognize Principal Torres if they saw him.
Being a former high school teacher myself, at ACHS, I found what I usually found at the various schools where I taught: high schools are a reflection of the broader society. Most of what’s going on is really good, some is mediocre and in need of reform and a little is really bad and needs to be discarded.
I was not disappointed with my visit to my alma mater. I left feeling pleased and hopeful that this generation will do better than us at finding ways to work together and ensure that all human beings at least have the basic necessities of life, the same way I felt after my own commencement in June 1972.
This year’s commencement ceremony is June 22.
Turiya S.A. Raheem was born and raised in Atlantic City. Currently an English teacher at Atlantic Cape Community College, she loves to describe her neighborhood as “the other Atlantic City,” because it was not the casino-resort mecca most people know today. It was a place with a “cozy, down-home feeling” as she describes in her 2010 book, Growing Up in the Other Atlantic City: Wash’s and the Northside.
Bell's Critical Race Theory, which suggests that the U.S. legal system, among other institutions in our country, is inherently biased against non-whites, made him a controversial figure in many circles.
101 Women Plus began in 1982, during the political campaign of Mr. James L. Usry. Mrs. Dorothy Dorrington called a meeting in support of Usry; later, male members were added as the “plus-es.” Mr. Usry would become Atlantic City’s first African-American mayor.
Plus Bob Dylan's recently discovered 1963 concert at Brandeis finally released, and find out about the upcoming RNS Amazing Taste event.
With the current focus on non-gaming, family-friendly and cultural attractions in Atlantic City's future, here are some of the reasons why Ralph Hunter and the AAHMSNJ should have a home in Atlantic City:
"For blocks and blocks, I would hear no other language spoken but Spanish. Then, there would be blocks and blocks where occupants spoke a different language at every house: French, Wolof, a Haitian patois, Ghujurati, Arabic, Bengali. One house would have a Virgin Mary statue in the front yard and next to it, there’d be a house with verses from the Qur’an on its front door."
It’s been very weird. When I decided to self-publish my book in Dec. 2009, I did it because an agent in New York told me — and this is pre-Obama — that nobody’s interested in black history now. I said, ‘What?’ And she said, ‘Nobody is interested. That’s just the truth.’ Then, I think it was in April, HBO calls me.
Black History, Jazz and Poetry