Not My Sons, But I Am Proud As If They Were!

A few blogging friends participate in a meme called “Good News Tuesday”! In this meme we blog about some sort of good news within the African American community. I have participated only once before because it is often to hard and too much work to track down some good news when bad news is so readily available. So it was simpler to just skip Good News Tuesday than to try and find something to blog about.

Well today I did not have to look for anything because in my email I received some “Good News”!

My mom sent me an email that was forwarded to her. The subject line of the email said, “ <!– /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:"Cambria Math"; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:1; mso-generic-font-family:roman; mso-font-format:other; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:0 0 0 0 0 0;} @font-face {font-family:Calibri; panose-1:2 15 5 2 2 2 4 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:swiss; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-1610611985 1073750139 0 0 159 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-unhide:no; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin;} .MsoChpDefault {mso-style-type:export-only; mso-default-props:yes; font-size:10.0pt; mso-ansi-font-size:10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt;} @page Section1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.0in 1.0in 1.0in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.Section1 {page:Section

“The entire senior class at Chicago’s only public all-male, all-African-American high school has been accepted to four-year colleges”

Now, my mother receives and forwards a lot of emails to me about all types of things, from free Applebee’s dinners to Bill Gates handing out Microsoft checks! So I was very interested and surprised to receive this email!

An excerpt of the body of the email is below which contains the story written by , a staff writer for the Chicago tribune. (courtesy of the Chicago Tribune).

Photo credit:Heather Charles.

The entire senior class at Chicago ‘s only public all-male, all-African-American high school has been accepted to four-year colleges. At last count, the 107 seniors had earned spots at 72 schools across the nation.

Mayor Richard Daley and Chicago Public Schools chief Ron Huberman surprised students at an all-school assembly at Urban Prep Academy for Young Men in Englewood this morning to congratulate them. It’s the first graduating class at Urban Prep since it opened its doors in 2006.

Huberman applauded the seniors for making CPS shine.

“All of you in the senior class have shown that what matters is perseverance, what matters is focus, what matters is having a dream and following that dream,” Huberman said.

The school enforces a strict uniform of black blazers, khaki pants and red ties — with one exception. After a student receives the news he was accepted into college, he swaps his red tie for a red and gold one at an assembly.

The last 13 students received their college ties today, to thunderous applause.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sheliza
    Mar 16, 2010 @ 18:40:31

    Man that is AWESOME!! I need to have my husband read this! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. MrsGrapevine
    Mar 16, 2010 @ 19:07:50

    This deserves an Amen! Especially since Harvard and Duke are no longer "good" enough schools because our President went to ivy league.Hopefully, they won't let anyone discourage them, and I hope they all can graduate with a Bachelor degree at the minimum.

  3. bluedreamer27
    Mar 17, 2010 @ 03:15:15

    sounds interesting …. I wonder how it feels to be in an all-male school.. gheeh… NO GIRLS?….is it boring out there lols..have a great day regina… thanks for dropping by and enjoying my list… i like Annie Wilkes character too.. actually after that post, i try to search the movie online and download it..

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