Monday, November 9, 2015

An Oral History Inteview with the Bronx African American History Project With Lessons for Today

Yesterday, we resumed interviewing for the Bronx African American History Project by bringing in Mario Sprouse, a musician, composer, arranger, educator and musical director who grew up on Ritter Place in the Bronx in the 1950's and 1960's on the same block where the great jazz singer Maxine Sullivan lived. The story he told left everyone in the room enraptured. The community Mario Sprouse described growing up on a block of homeowners in the South Bronx defied every stereotype people have of Bronx neighborhoods during that period. It was multiracial and multicultural, filled with energy and, optimism, and provided a mentoring experience to many young people that prepared them for successful and productive lives. For Mario Sprouse, that mentoring came from his block, where people like Maxine Sullivan and the person who ran the dance studio down the street took a personal interest in him; in schools, where he got support and encouragement from teachers, most of them white, some black; and in the church he attended, St Augustine Presbyterian Church, whose minister Rev Edlar Hawkins was a powerful figure in the neighborhood and someone who influence hundreds of neighborhood youth to pursue professional careers. At St Augustine, Mario Sprouse sang in the choir, learned to play the organ, attended the Church's summer camp and performed with his musical group when he became a teenager. He also drew inspiration as a budding intellectual, from the famous African American political and cultural figures who came to the Church, among them Duke Ellington, Rev Martin Luther King, and Yaphet Kotto
The story Mario Sprouse told us resembled the one told by civil rights leader and historian Vincent Harding. Both individuals benefited from mentoring they received in African American Churches and in Bronx schools, the first from Black ministers and Church elders, the second from a multiracial but largely white group of teachers..The combination prepared these two remarkable individuals for leadership in their chosen fields.
There is a lesson here for those who chose to apply it, Strong communities and strong schools are BOTH needed for young people to flourish.

12 comments:

Shruthi Kumari said...

SSC Recruitment Notification 2015-2016
UPSC Recruitment Notification 2015-2016
Hey Dear, Great Post. Extremely well written. It helped me. SO, I would like to thank you for this.

Raghu Swami said...

rrb admit card
RRB Allahabad admit card
RRB Application Station
RU BSc/MSc IT Call Letter
RRB NTPC Admit Card
Uniraj MCOm Admit Card
Rajasthan University MA Final Call Letter
RU BA Admit Card

Hardik Tanwar said...



JKBOSE 10th Result
Gujarat Board SSC Result
Kerala SSLC
MP Board High School Result
NiOS 10th Result

Divya Saini said...




10th Class Results
12th Class Results
RRB NTPC Admit Card
Admit Card
Latest News
Exam Results
University Results
Police Bhati News
Bank Recruitments
Bank Recruitments




Nikita Sharma said...

RRB Guwahati NTPC Result
RRB Ranchi NTPC Result
Kerala Board
TN Board
PGIMER Chandigarh Admit Card
UPSSSC Cane Supervisor Admit Card

nikky said...

Click here to get cbse result 2017 at official website.

nikky said...

Click here to get HSC Result Gujarat at official website.

holi images said...

Holi wishes
Holi Wallpapers
Holi Images
Happy Holi Images
Holi Pictures
Happy Holi
Holi 2017
Happy Holi 2017

nikky said...

Click here to get Odisha hsc result here.

rinku dhewa said...

Rajasthan High court Vacancy 2017
Rajasthan Police Vacancy 2017

nikky said...

CBSE Results is going to declare soon on cbseresults.nic.in and cbseresults-co.in
cbse result
cbse results 2017
cbse 10th result 2017
cbse 12th results 2017
cbseresults.nic.in 

nikky said...

Are you searching for best 4k television? Here is it.