Archives for May 2011

Charter Founder Is Named Education Commissioner


The New York Times

Published: May 16, 2011

John B. King Jr., who credits teachers for helping him surmount an isolated childhood as an orphan in Brooklyn and who ran celebrated charter schools in New York and Massachusetts, was named Monday as the state’s next education commissioner, with a unanimous vote of the Board of Regents.

At 36, Dr. King, who previously served as deputy commissioner, will be among the nation’s youngest educational leaders, though he had been the clear front-runner since the current commissioner, David M. Steiner, announced in April that he would resign.

After losing both of his parents to illness by age 12, Dr. King earned an undergraduate degree from Harvard, a law degree from Yale and a doctorate in education from Columbia. In between, he co-founded Roxbury Prep, a top charter middle school in Massachusetts; led Uncommon Schools, a network of charters based in New York; and married and had two daughters.

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6/12 – Harlem’s Historic Mount Morris Park

Don’t miss this day full of history & inspiration

The 22nd Annual Mount Morris Park House Tour
Sunday, June 12, from 11 AM to 4 PM
Everything begins at the Tour Start:
Pelham Fritz Community Center
Mount Morris Park West & West 122 Street

We are celebrating 40 years as New York City’s 19th neighborhood to be recognized of the over 125 since 1965 when Mayor Robert Wagner established the Landmarks Preservation Commission in response to New Yorkers’ growing concern that important historic, aesthetic, and cultural elements of the city’s history were being lost.    The Self-Guided Walking Tour takes guests inside 12 original and renovated brownstone homes, fascinating urban live/work apartments, a renown museum, a beautiful community garden and a landmark church.  Guided Architectural Walking Tours are scheduled throughout the day, as well as a tour through Marcus Garvey Park up to the Acropolis where the 154-year-old, landmarked, cast iron Harlem Fire Watchtower still stands.Inside & Intimate in Historic Harlem guided tours take guests inside three extraordinary homes in the Mount Morris Park Historic District that are not on the regular tour and are ordinarily strictly private.Harlem’s Mount Morris Park community is rich with long-time residents as well as newcomers from all over the world. One of the homes featured this year will be hosted by a Harlem denizen and her family — a near-centenarian who tells stories of the times she, her family and neighbors “stood in front of bulldozers” to protect the then city-owned buildings from being demolished. Another resident will share how she’s turned her home into a “music and mentoring house” for the next generation of opera singers.  History in Motion… Don’t miss this once a year chance to step inside the special places that highlight the community’s shared culture of honoring the past, celebrating the present and preparing for the future.

Reserve tickets in advance and save 20%!

 HarlemSubways: A, B, C, D, 2, 3, and 4, 5, & 6 to 125th Street. Buses: M1, M7 and M102 




5/26 – Celebration of the Life of Dr. Manning Marable

Dr. Manning Marable
(May 13, 1950 – April 1, 2011)
Scholar, Activist, Mentor

Event Date:
Thursday, May 26, 2011 – 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Columbia University Roone Arledge Auditorium at Lerner Hall

The public is invited to attend a Celebration of the Life of Dr. Manning Marable on
Thursday May 26, 2011 at 5:30pm
on the Morningside Campus of Columbia University
Roone Alredge Auditorium, Lerner Hall (115th Street & Broadway)



Sponsor A Gift For A Graduating Senior In Honor of Manning Marable *SOLD OUT!*


 **BOOKS HAVE SOLD OUT! Thank You For Your Support!!**

Black Alumni Council Book AwardsSponsor Gift Books for Seniors Honoring Professor Manning Marable (1950-2011)
The M. Moran Weston/Black Alumni Council Professor of African American StudiesMalcolm X: A Life of Reinvention
By Manning Marable
Viking Press 2011
Through your generosity each graduating senior attending Black Graduation (Tu., May 17 6pm, Union Theological Seminary, 121st St. & Bdwy) will receive a copy of Professor Marable’s latest and perhaps greatest work.Please support one or more book gifts by June 1, 2011.For questions, please email Kevin Matthews ’80CC at km8@columbia.eduTo send a check, please send to:
Jaclyn Chu
Assistant Director for International Alumni Relations
Office of Alumni and Development
Columbia University
622 West 113th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10025Check payable to: Columbia University
Memo: Black Alumni Book Award


05/17 – Annual Black Graduation Ceremony

The 2011 Black Graduation Committee,

And the CC/SEAS Office of Multicultural Affairs

 Cordially invite you to the

Annual Black Graduation Ceremony,

a celebration of the achievements of the class of 2010


SUCCESS: By Any Means Necessary


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

6:00 pm

Union Theological Seminary

3041 Broadway @ 121st St.

Business casual attire is encouraged.

Please RSVP to by Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Malcolm X scholar Manning Marable dies at 60

NEW YORK – Manning Marable, an influential historian of the black experience in the United States and the author of a forthcoming biography of Malcolm X, died Friday in New York. He was 60.

His wife, Leith Mullings, said Marable died from complications of pneumonia at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan. She said he had suffered for 24 years from sarcoidosis, an inflammatory lung disease, and had undergone a double lung transplant in July.

“I think his legacy is that he was both a scholar and an activist,” she said. “He believed that history could be used to inform the present and the future.”

She said Marable’s latest book, “Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention,” will be published Monday.