HAPPY SPRING and welcome to our June 2020 edition of our online newsletter (LAP) The Learning Academy Post
Congrats, to our graduating mentees from The U School: Dior Bullock, Destynn Mclaine, Domonae Darden, Zyquell Watts, Cierra Marrero, and Kayla Evans!!
Audacious Conversations: 5/14/2020
On Thursday, May 14th DonCARES hosted a Zoom Conversation titled: Audacious Conversation. Held from 6 to 7 PM on the 14th, DonCARES Executive Director was accompanied by fellow Temple Alum Joel Corpening and Keshelle Ormsby. During the call, the three had an intellectual conversation paying homage to Ella Baker and the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee. Also, attendees watched a video on SNCC and read and analyzed the scholarly article: African American Student Activism in the 20th Century by V.P. Franklin. 
April marked the 60th Anniversary of SNCC. Founded by Ella Baker on the campus of Shaw University during Easter weekend in 1960, DonCARES felt it necessary to discuss the goals of student organizers during the 1960s and its implications on college student activism today. 
Virtual Man Up: 5/28/2020
On Thursday, May 28, 2020, DonCARES, Inc. held a virtual Man Up Discussion. During the conversation, former mentors at DonCARES, current students at Temple University and North Philadelphia community members had a powerful two and a half-hour conversation around black manhood, education, financial literacy, and more. 
On the call were Joel Corpening, Mark Beckham, Ramond Nelson, Drew Ugbomah, Jibreel Murray, Elijah Zimmerman, and Donovan Forrest. The next call is scheduled for Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 6 PM. 
Seven DonCARES Members Graduate from Temple University
On Thursday, May 7th, seven mentors from DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. earned their degrees from Temple University. DonCARES mentors: Nayanka Paul, Randell Daniels, Anisa Ara, Mariah Green, Natalia Garay, Shayla Chambers, Joel Corpening, and Donovan Forrest were among the graduates. While Temple University did not hold an in-person ceremony due to coronavirus concerns, Daniels, Ara, and Forrest met on campus to take pictures together in their caps and gowns. 
Teacher Appreciation: Clarice Brazas
For National Teacher Appreciation Day on May 5, 2020, DonCARES honored and shout out Mrs. Clarice Brazas from The U School!! In honor of her hard work and commitment to our youth through quality teaching and social justice, DonCARES Executive Director Donovan Forrest sent Brazas a signed certificate of appreciation and Uncle Bobbies Gift Card. 
Ms. Brazas is also a 2020 Lindback Awardee from The School District of Philadelphia. Each year, The School District of Philadelphia and The Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation award 60 distinguished teachers and seven principals from Philadelphia public schools who demonstrate excellence in promoting learning at the highest levels. The teacher award recipients are chosen based on their activities that improve the intellectual and character development of their students.

(Photo by Hannah Yoon)
History Corner: The King Center

MOVE is a black liberation group founded in 1972 in Philadelphia by John Africa and Donald Glassey, a social worker from the University of Pennsylvania. The name is not an acronym. The group lived in a communal setting in West Philadelphia, abiding by philosophies of anarcho-primitivism. Well-known as being victims of the 1985 MOVE Bombing, activists and advocates of the organization's survivors are now calling on The City of Philadelphia to issue a formal apology. 

"So part of it is we have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents, or kids belong to their families, and recognize that kids belong to whole communities."

 -  Melissa Harris-Perry