At the top of many education reformers' wish list is expanding charter schools to give students a choice. The total number of charter schools currently competing with Grosse Pointe and Birmingham public schools is zero.
Some children slept in schools, some parents made it to daycare, where they slept with their children. Our family was comparatively lucky; my husband was able to reach our 2-1/2-year-old twins through to the kindness and support of many people along the way.
Anybody visiting a city from which both J.R.R. Tolkien and Ozzy Osbourne sprang should be prepared for a dose of cognitive dissonance, and Birmingham (or "Brum," as it's affectionately known in the U.K.) delivers.
Having come this far by faith, with a renewed dedication to prophetic action and critique, Black churches are poised on the edge of a future, still too full of the provincial, but instilled with possibilities for insurgent renewal and change.
September 15, 1963. A car travels North from Valle de Bravo, Mexico toward the border of Laredo, Texas. Artist John Henry Waddell, age 42, and his family have spent the past two and half years living in Mexico.
Sitting there in the back of the church, 12-year-old Freeman heard the young preacher say integration would mean better schools for black children. The preacher -- Martin Luther King, Jr. -- told the congregation that even children could play a role in holding the nation to account.