Magnet School Students Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Magnet School Students Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 12, 2012 7:57pm | By Leslie Albrecht, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

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UPPER WEST SIDE District 3 students honored Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On Thursday, and used the occasion to spotlight how the district’s new magnet schools are helping them achieve their dreams.

Magnet school students gathered at P.S. 333’s auditorium on West 93rd Street to celebrate the civil rights leader with speeches, videos and artwork. But the event doubled as a sort of pep rally to celebrate an $11 million federal grant the district won to create eight magnet schools on the Upper West Side and in Harlem.

“The roots of magnet schools are firmly planted in the struggles of the civil rights movement,” District 3 Magnet Schools director Lainie Leber told students. “Just as Dr. King dreamed of a world where there would be equal opportunities for all people…Magnet schools have provided choice and opportunity for students and their families so that they too can reach their greatest possible heights.”

Magnet schools receive federal money to create themed curricula that will attract a more diverse student body. The eight magnet schools in District 3, some of which have struggled with poor performance in the past, now have specialized instruction, new names and a focus on parent involvement.

District 3’s grant lasts four years, but the improvements at each school are meant to be sustainable over the long run.

Fifth grader Anthony Guerrido, whose principal said he was “a hot mess” a few years ago but has since improved greatly, delivered a speech about the STEM Institute (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) magnet school, formerly known as P.S. 241, on West 113th Street.

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CSH – News | 138 ARTICLE: Minority firms land $1B in WTC work


Minority firms land $1B in WTC work
Port Authority announces that its contracts to minority- and women-owned businesses for work on the site over the last five years have now entered the record books. Sum is 17% of total.
By: Emily Laermer | Published: January 13, 2012 – 1:47 pm


Minority firms land $1B in WTC work

Port Authority announces that its contracts to minority- and women-owned businesses for work on the site over the last five years have now entered the record books. Sum is 17% of total.

: The Witness: From the Balcony of Room 306 – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


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African-American – News January 14, 2012

Today's Visionary: An Illustrated Guide to Dr. King's 21st Century Insights
Today’s Visionary: An Illustrated Guide to Dr. King’s 21st Century Insights (FavStocks)
Here it comes again. This holiday weekend we’ll see a lot of media coverage of Martin Luther King, Jr.
TCA: GMC to Launch Comedy Sitcoms, Reality Content in 2013 (Broadcasting & Cable)
Complete Coverage: TCA Winter Press Tour 2012 Independently-owned network GMC will look to launch original scripted series and reality shows in early 2013 as part of an expansion of its original programming offerings.

Va House Passes US House Remap Plan Without Debate (WHSV-TV Harrisonburg)
The bill provides for only one majority-black U.S. House district out of 11 despite a Virginia population that’s one-fifth black.

What you may have missed in the polls: Martin Luther King’s birthday, race and the 2012 election (AEI)
Ronald Reagan signed the legislation making Martin Luther King’s birthday a national holiday in November 1983.

Obama’s Most Vocal Black Critics Dial Back Attacks As Election Year Begins (National Public Radio)
Princeton professor Cornel West and talk show host Tavis Smiley on their 18-city poverty tour on Oct.

MLK weekend for NC workers begins with observance (The Rooster 106.1)
North Carolina state workers will begin the Rev. Martin Luther King holiday weekend with the annual observance of the civil rights leader’s accomplishments and how public employees are living out a legacy of improving race and human relations.

Hollywood won’t support ‘an all-black movie’, says George Lucas (Newkerala)
London, Jan 13 : George Lucas has revealed that he had to self-fund his movie, ‘Red Tails’, as he believes that Hollywood won’t support ‘an all black movie’. It took 20 years for Lucas to get his latest film made, which is the real story of a group of African-American pilots who fought in World War II.

Bernice King to Speak at Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast
Bernice King to Speak at Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast (WTLV)
The event starts at 7:30 a.m. Friday at the Prime Osborn Convention Center. Doors open at 7 a.m. Parking is free.
UGA museum gets donation of African-American art (CBS Atlanta)
The Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia has received a gift of prominent works by African-American artists from a collector couple who is also funding an endowment to support a new curatorial position.


Harlem – News

Harlem – News January 14, 2012

Several Great Films and Screenings This Weekend in NOLA (Examiner)
There are several great films and screenings happening this weekend in New Orleans two praised new films and two interesting documentaries.

OT Downtown: Best of the Fests
OT Downtown: Best of the Fests (New York Press)
New York City is teeming with cultural offerings, so much so that it can be difficult at times to organize all of the things you want to do, see, taste and experience in Manhattan.
Mama, I Want to Sing Returns To Harlem’s Dempsey Theater 225 (BroadwayWorld)
Mama, I Want to Sing: The Next Generation, the revival of Mama, I Want to Sing the 1983 musical based on the life and times of singer Doris Troy will re-open at The Dempsey Theater .

A child’s gift: featuring the NY Botanical Garden’s holiday train show (Examiner)
This season marks the 20th year that the New York Botanical Garden is holding its annual Holiday Train Show .

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Taxicab Driver’s Bill of Rights

New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission
January 13, 2011

To All Interested Parties:

Industry Notice #12-01 January 13, 2011
For Immediate Release

Taxicab Drivers Bill of Rights

Rules passed by the Commission at the November 17, 2011, Commission meeting require posting of a Drivers Bill of Rights as prescribed by the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC). As written in Sections 58-17(b)(3), 63-10(e), and 64-14(a)(5), all fleets, agents and taximeter shops must now post the Drivers Bill of Rights. This Industry Notice provides information regarding the form and format of its posting.

The Bill of Rights is now available on the agencys website ( The Bill of Rights consists of two posters: one poster relates to fleet drivers and the other to driver-owned-vehicle (DOV) drivers. All licensed agents, fleets, and meter shops shall print, laminate or frame, and post the version (or both versions, if appropriate) of the Bill of Rights most appropriate for their business model or customer base.

The form and format of the Bill of Rights shall be as follows:

  1. Printed in color.
  2. Each poster (fleet and DOV) shall be no smaller than 24 inches wide by 36 inches tall.
  3. Laminated or framed to protect from damage.
  4. Posted in plain sight near the payment window or other area where drivers regularly conduct normal and daily business transactions with the agent, fleet or meter shop.

All agents, fleets and meter shops are required to comply with the provisions of this new rule no later than February 13, 2012. Licensees not in compliance after this date can be issued a summons and a fine up to $500. Any questions about posting the Bill of Rights should be directed to the TLC call center at 212-227-6324.


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African-American – News

African-American – News January 13, 2012

Best Bay Area Martin Luther King Jr. Celebrations For The Family
Best Bay Area Martin Luther King Jr. Celebrations For The Family (CBS Local)
Reflective, educational, uplifting or physical-here are the best ways to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.
City unveils Strong Baby Campaign to reduce infant mortality (FOX6Now)
The City of Milwaukee and the UW-Milwaukee Zilber School of Public Health are teaming up for a new campaign they hope will lower the city’s infant mortality rate.

Landlord defends ‘white only’ pool sign (ClickOnDetroit)
A landlord wants the Ohio Civil Rights Commission on Thursday to reconsider its finding that she violated the law by posting a “white only” sign at her swimming pool.

Wilmington’s decision on where to house new African-American Heritage Center sparks debate (Delaware Online)
Harmon Carey, who heads the Afro-American Historical Society, stands in front of the Allied Kid Leather Co.

Local Congregation Recalls Martin Luther King’s Visit (Patch)
The excitement was palpable as the crowd awaited Martin Luther King, Jr., in the packed sanctuary of Congregation Solel .A On that day in June, 1966, the civil rights leader was late-and as the diverse crowd waited for him, the tension mounted.

Aretha Franklin to headline Essence Fest (The Jackson Sun)
Newly engaged queen of soul Aretha Franklin is headlining this summer’s Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, and its other top performers include Mary J. Blige, Fantasia, Stephanie Mills, Charlie Wilson, Keyshia Cole and others.

Former Memphis judge Bailey to speak at Vanderbilt (WAFF-TV Huntsville)
Civil rights activist and former Memphis judge D’Army Bailey will speak Thursday at Vanderbilt University Law School in commemoration of the Rev.




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