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Local High School student invents new method to assign lockers to students to increase student performance

Noah Kaplan, a senior at the State College area High School, has been in the news lately for his invention of a better way to assign school lockers, which improves student morale and performance.

SLOCKERS, the Smarter Locker Assignment System is earning recognition from many of the people who have witnessed it in action. 

Noah is currently developing Slockers as a small business to help pay for his education at Cornell, which he will be attending in the fall.

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Part 2 MISSISSIPPI FREEDOM SUMMER: MEMOIR OF A CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST

Part 2- A LONG HOT SUMMER  By Charles Dumas

            1964 – The events of 64 generated the first of the long hot urban summers that became typical of the late sixties. 

The country was still in mourning for President Kennedy.  Neither the Warren Commission Report, which identified Oswald as the lone assassin, nor the conviction of Jack Ruby in March for killing Oswald had not allayed suspicion that the assassination was not the work of a lone assassin but aconspiracy. 

            In Jackson, Mississippi, an all white jury wouldn’t convict the murderer of Medger Evers, Byron DeLa Beckwith. He would not serve time until Medger's widow, Merlie relentlessly struggled to bring him to justice years later.

            There was some good news.  The 24thAmendment which prohibited the use of poll taxes in federal elections was ratified. Poll taxes and literary exams were two of the primary legal methods used to deny Black people the right to vote in the South. The US Senate broker the Southern filibuster and passed the Civil Rights Bill in June. Sidney Poitier became the first African-American to win an Academy Award for best actor for his performance in LILIES OF THE FIELD.  

           Other events in the cultural world included the American debut of the Beatles on Ed Sullivan and Muhammed Ali beating  Sonny Liston to win the heavyweightchampionship.

            Internationally,two newly independent African countries, Tanganyika and Zanzibar had merged tobecome Tanzania.  Nelson Mandela and his fellow defendants in the Rivonia Trial were sentenced to life imprisonment.They remained incarcerated on Robben Island for twenty-seven years until democracy came to South Africa.

            In the Mississippi Summer Project the mood had been set by the disappearance and assumed lynching of our fellow activists, Mickey, Andy, and James. It had achilling effect on our work yet inspired us to move to a higher level. Every action for good or bad seemed a matter of life and death.
 

Personal Memoir of a Civil Rights Activist by Charles Dumas

 

This is a four-part series chronicling my personal journey as a civil rights activist from the summer of 1963 to the fall of 1964. Nineteen sixty-three to sixty eight was a crucial period in the American Civil Rights Movement and American history. During that period some of the most important civil rights legislation was passed: The 1964 Civil Rights Bill and The 1965 Voting Rights Bill.

 

The “Movement “ changed our lives; our world was transformed. I was one of the “foot soldiers”, as Dr. King called us in the Civil Rights Struggle. I was at the March of Washington in 1963, a project director during Mississippi Freedom Summer in 1964, and at the 1964 Democratic Party’s National Convention in Atlantic City. I was blessed to be at the fiftieth reunion at Tougaloo College in Jackson in 2014. This article is based on my best recollection of those times.

 

 

 


By CHARLES DUMAS

cxd28@psu.edu

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Panel Discussion on the Immigration Raid in Our Community November 18

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Why State College?

A Panel Discussion on
the Immigration Raid
in Our Community

The long wait for low-income housing


The long wait for low-income housing

By RACHELLE GAYNOR VOICES Staff Writer rkg5072@psu.edu

The economic crisis in the U.S. has hit the residents of Centre County hard. It has caused an increase in the number of people seeking low-income housing, and as a result, extended the waiting period for obtaining a residence. “As of today, we have over
400 families on our waiting list,” said Betty Corman, Section-8 coordinator of the Housing Authority of Centre County. Section 8 is a housing voucher program that is available to assist very low-income families in finding safe and sanitary health options, according to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The large number of people on the waiting list in Centre County
has resulted in an increased waiting to any assistance being available,” Corman said. Read more »

October 2014 Voices of Central Pa

 

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