MLK Day Resources
The Obama eBump!
Lots of JCP students checked out The Promised Land by Barack Obama in eBook and eAudiobook formats. Easy, right? Keep at it! The Promised Land is only available to the wider CPS community here until January 31, 2020. After that JCP students and staff will still be able to access it (eBook only).
Three great Young Adult reads I’ve enjoyed lately include Everywhere You Don’t Belong (multi-user) by Gabriel Bump (a native of Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood), The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta, and Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas.
Examine this list with easy links to great titles provided by JCP and CPS HERE including single-user and multi-user eBooks and eAudiobooks purchased for the Jones community!
Chicago Public Library released the Teen Best of the Best Books 2020 in late November. Click here to explore great Teen Fiction, Teen Nonfiction, and Teen Graphic Novels and Manga.
Check out and read the book The Radical King, available as a multi-user eBook title in the JCP library. The collection features 23 selections, curated and introduced by Dr. Cornel West, “that illustrate King’s revolutionary vision, underscoring his identification with the poor, his unapologetic opposition to the Vietnam War, and his crusade against global imperialism.”
- DuSable Museum of African American History: BBC Face to Face / Martin Luther King, Jr. Interview (1961): Martin Luther King, Jr. talks about his childhood experiences and the incidents that led to the Montgomery bus boycott. (film / 31 minutes)
- Chicago History Museum’s Virtual Event | MLK Day: King in Chicago 11 AM- 3 PM. Click here for free registration and to get the Zoom link.
- WBEZ: Chicago NPR News Source: MLK Day: How Martin Luther King And Mahatma Gandhi’s Legacies Intersect: a panel discussion moderated by WBEZ’s Jerome McDonnell, featuring the descendants of Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Cesar Chavez and Jesse Jackson as well as a talk by Martin Luther King scholar Dr. Clayborne Carson. (podcast / 27 minutes)
- The Art Institute of Chicago honors the legacy of King’s powerful voice and highlights the role that art and artists play in social and political transformation. Among the online offerings is the new video work The Two Visits by avery r. young and Amir George that remembers Dr. King’s two visits to Chicago between 1965 and 1967. Check out “Resources and Actions” for service opportunities.
- New York Times Martin Luther King Jr. Day: 9 Ways to Honor His Legacy: Marches and parades are on pause this year. But streamed events and exhibitions are still commemorating King’s achievements.
- Northwestern University: Celebrating the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Click here for the flyer with free registration links.
- Chicago Parent 7 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Events for Chicago Families. Most family events have been moved online in 2021
Click here for information about events and activities around the country compiled by Jones's parent Roberto Menjivar.
Check out these two items about the violent attack on the US Capitol on January 6 through the lens of media literacy. This First Draft item is dated January 8 and this edition of The Sift (for educators) by the News Literacy Project is dated January 11. WARNING: Some content in this week's issue of The Sift includes disturbing language, images and video footage, including profanity, racist slurs, hate symbols and violence.
The Friends of Jones Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee Invites JCP Parents to a Book Discussion
JCP parents are welcome to join the Friends of Jones Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee and the JCP school librarian for its first book club.The group will meet via Zoom to discuss the book White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo on Thursday, February 4 at 6:30 PM. The book will certainly generate meaningful discussion about racism. Please reach out to FOJ parent Latrice McArthur with any questions or to request the Zoom link Latrice.McArthur@
JCP Restorative Justice Foundations of Peer Conference Program
The Jones Administration has enlisted the services of Alternatives, Inc. - an agency that supports and empowers Chicago youth to build safer and more vibrant communities. Fifteen sophomore and junior leaders have been selected to participate in training to become Peer Conference Leaders who will introduce student-led restorative justice practices to the Jones community. They are Jonah McArthur, Rawan El-Bawab, Daniel Andrade, Violet Berlin, Sophia Cruz, Greta Jung, Zoe Weinstein, Aaliyah Short, Sarah Rubinov, Saniya Kodavarti, Lina Pham, Jaclyn Davis, Keenan Houlihan, Daniele Rose Dapiton, and Luna Suarez.
Women in STEM
Join American Experience for a discussion on pioneering women in STEM, inspired by their new film, The Codebreaker, currently streaming on PBS. The film features the work of cryptanalyst Elizebeth Smith Friedman who brought down Al Capone, broke up a Nazi spy ring in South America, and laid the foundation for the National Security Agency (NSA).
Free online registration for discussion here.
Stream the documentary on PBS here. (52 minutes)
COLUMBIA COLLEGE After School Classes Start on Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Click here to learn more and to register for virtual classes.