The Second Annual HBCU Culture Fest Returns to L.A. 

On Friday, Sept. 15, Obama Boulevard lit up with drums, shouts and fanfare as North Carolina Central University’s (NCCU) Sound Machine Marching Band made their way to the Michelle and Barack Obama Sports Complex.  

Meaza Light-Orr Receives 2023 Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award

Head:   By Shelby Stephens Contributing Writer   The story of Meaza Light-Orr, 17, is one like no other. From Ethiopia to Los Angeles and back, Light-Orr has made a tremendous impact in her native village of Kololo, after raising more than $120,000 to build and operate a middle school through her initiative Kids for Kololo. Light-Orr is set to be recognized by The Helen Diller Family Foundation with the 2023 Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award and $36,000 for her efforts in both communities. Light-Orr and her brother were adopted from the rural village of Kololo, Ethiopia and raised in

Learn4Life Helps Students with Trauma with New Resiliency Accreditation

Three schools of Learn4Life, a network of 85 public high schools, have earned accreditation by completing a 20-hour curriculum that supports educators in identifying trauma in students. It helps build resilience to life’s ups and downs, develops healthy relationships and practices restorative justice rather than punishing students who act out because of trauma.

Los Angeles Urban League Host Whitney M. Young Awards Gala

By Danny J. Bakewell, Jr.  Executive Editor The Los Angeles Urban League will host the Annual Whitney M. Young Awards Gala on Thursday, May 18, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.   This year’s honorees include Paula Madison, CEO of Madison Entertainment Group, who will receive the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Award.  Martin Muoto, founder and managing partner of SOLA Impact Fund, will receive the Trailblazer Award, and Sekou Kaalund, executive vice president at U.S. Bank, will receive the Corporate Partner Award.  The keynote speaker will be Bishop T.D. Jakes, world-renowned spiritual leader and chairman and CEO of the T.D. Jakes Group. 

Building Bridges Summit Creates Roadmap for Diverse, Sustainable Educator Workforce

Educators, policymakers, K-12 leaders, higher education leaders, non-profit leaders, researchers, and advocates from across California recently gathered to develop a shared understanding of the root causes of why educators of color and multilingual educators enter, stay, and leave the profession and co-create a road map for building and supporting a diverse and sustainable teacher workforce in California.

Ingenium Charter Schools Hosts Open House for Prospective Parents

Ingenium Charter Schools will host an open house event at their Clarion Charter Middle School, 7330 Winnetka Ave., in Los Angeles on March 29. The event will run from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and affords an opportunity for parents to engage with the Ingenium community and learn about the school’s unique approach to education.

Far-Right School Board Candidates: “We’ll Be Back” 

Back in August, I wrote that getting “back-to-school” this year would also mean getting back to fighting far-right attacks on education.  The threats included a rising number of efforts to ban books, and the Right’s efforts to take over local school boards.