A belated Happy Thanksgiving to all of you.
At this time of year, many of us stop to ask what we cherish most. It's not uncommon to hear the following top the list: family, friends and neighbors, good health, a paying job, or a roof over our heads.
In addition to the abovementioned, this year I'm especially thankful for having seen Nichols Middle School 7th graders attending a special screening of the movie Lincoln on Friday, November 16th.
As I peeked in the theater before the house lights went down, I stood in awe, looking at the multitude of faces, races and cultures represented in those seats, reminding myself how fortunate we are to live in such a diverse community. The kids may have thought they'd earned a fun, Friday field trip to the movies, but I knew better; the outing afforded them an opportunity to look back at history and understand part of the reason why they came to sit together in the first place.
- 40.6% White
- 27.8% Black
- 19.7% Hispanic
- 3.6% Asian
- 0.4% American Indian and
- 7.9% Multi Racial
According to the IIRC, 46% of the school's 554 students come from low income households, which is 5% higher than the district average.
The U.S. Census results of May 2012 remind us that "minorities" in America are now the majority. On Nov. 16 in Evanston, IL, 147 years after the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution outlawed slavery, there was, quite simply, a group of children eating popcorn together while watching a movie.