Mailbox Monday: My September 2nd Loot

by Notorious Spinks on 09.02.2013

Welcome to Mailbox Monday! I am the host for September and would like to welcome you so kick off your shoes, relax and enjoy some coffee with that book.

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at The Printed Page. We share books that we found in our mailboxes last week.

Mailbox Monday MemeSchool work has had me kind of busy but here’s my loot for this week:

Dunbar High School in DC

First Class: The Legacy of Dunbar, America’s First Black Public High School by Alison Stewart


Dunbar High School in Washington, DC, defied the odds and, in the process, changed America. In the first half of the twentieth century, Dunbar was an academically elite public school, despite being racially segregated by law and existing at the mercy of racist congressmen who held the school’s purse strings. These enormous challenges did not stop the local community from rallying for the cause of educating its children.

Dunbar attracted an extraordinary faculty: one early principal was the first black graduate of Harvard, almost all the teachers had graduate degrees, and several earned PhDs—all extraordinary achievements given the Jim Crow laws of the times. Over the school’s first eighty years, these teachers developed generations of highly educated, high-achieving African Americans, groundbreakers that included the first black member of a presidential cabinet, the first black graduate of the US Naval Academy, the first black army general, the creator of the modern blood bank, the first black state attorney general, the legal mastermind behind school desegregation, and hundreds of educators.

By the 1950s, Dunbar High School was sending 80 percent of its students to college. Today, as with too many troubled urban public schools, the majority of Dunbar students struggle with reading and math. Journalist and author Alison Stewart, whose parents were both Dunbar graduates, tells the story of the school’s rise, fall, and path toward resurgence as it looks to reopen its new, state-of-the-art campus in the fall of 2013.

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Anna September 3, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Enjoy your new book! Thanks for hosting!


bookworm September 2, 2013 at 3:31 pm

First Class sounds like an interesting read. Enjoy!


Rose City Reader September 2, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Thanks for hosting! The book you got looks very interesting.


Elizabeth September 2, 2013 at 8:42 am

Thanks for hosting Mailbox Monday this month.

Nice blog. ENJOY your books and your week.

Schoolwork does take up a lot of time. I am assuming you mean teacher work. I retired from teaching after 34 years. I miss it at times. Have a good school year.

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Kristen September 2, 2013 at 7:52 am

This sounds fascinating as well as sad that such a school is facing the same problems that so many of our urban schools are now despite the way in which it excelled in the past.


Diana Leigh September 2, 2013 at 7:49 am

I’ve got my coffee, thanks for hosting! 😉


bermudaonion (Kathy) September 2, 2013 at 6:42 am

I’ve never heard of First Class but it looks like a book I’d enjoy.


Sam Still Reading September 2, 2013 at 5:05 am

First Class sounds really interesting. Thanks for hosting!


Lucy September 2, 2013 at 2:16 am

Thanks for hosting MM this month! Hope you enjoy your book. Looks like an interesting one, and I remember the author from MTV news.


Mystica September 2, 2013 at 1:26 am

I do so like this pioneering type of spirit! this book sounds very good. Welcome to Mailbox Monday.


MarthaE September 2, 2013 at 1:03 am

First Class… sounds like it would be very interesting.
Enjoy your reading and thanks for hosting this month.


Yvonne@FictionBooks September 2, 2013 at 12:53 am

Hi Yolanda,

It is good to ‘meet’ you and thank you so much for hosting this great meme during September, despite your own busy schedule.

Whilst I don’t tend to read much non-fiction, ‘First Class’ sounds like a very thought provoking, if at times, very emotional and difficult read.

I live in the UK and whilst multi-racial, multi-lingual schools are an accepted concept pretty much countrywide, the problems with literacy and numeracy difficulties, sound pretty much the same as those described in ‘First Class’. It really is about time that schools went ‘back to basics’, don’t you think?

Have a great week,



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