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Senior Shane Davis Makes a Video with a Message

Senior Shane Davis created a video with an important message.

You can follow him at @Makinit_shaanne on twitter.

Awesome work, Shane!

How do you like to spread messages you believe are important?


High School in Arizona Gets in Trouble for Violating “Ethnic Studies” Ban

Rollingstone Magazine recently interviewed KRS-One (Knowledge Reigns Supreme Over Nearly Everything), about his trip to an Arizona public high school that violated state law by teaching his lyrics. KRS-One is one of the originators of rap music/hip hop in the 1970s, and wrote a book about the history of the musical genre. In this interview, he talks about perceptions of hip hop and its role in the African American community and American history.

READ HERE: KRS-One V. Arizona 

Some questions to think about as you read the interview:

1) What does KRS-One see as the function of teaching ethnic studies?

2) What is Arizona’s purpose in banning ethnic studies? Is their stated purpose the same as their actual purpose?

3) What is the wider political climate in Arizona surrounding the ethnic studies ban? How does the influx of Latino immigrants inform your understanding of the purpose of the law?

4) What does KRS-One mean by “collectivism”? What does the state of Arizona mean by promoting “the treatment of pupils as individuals”?

New Books Have Arrived!

 We just received some new books. Come check them out! They are located on the table near the front entrance of the Library.


New titles include:

-The Promise of a Pencil by Adam Braun (Nonfiction)

The Fury by Gordon Smith (Apocalyptic Fiction)

– End Game: The Calling by James Frey & Nil Johnson-Shelton ( Apocalyptic Fiction)

The Ghetto by Louis Wirth (Nonfiction)

City of Fallen Angels: Book Four by Cassandra Clare (Urban Fantasy)

February Book Displays

Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month with us at McShain Library. Posted below are a few of the books we have on display, as well as an article by Dr. Khadija White at Rutgers University that discusses why black history matters in America.

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The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre

Learn why on February 14th, 1929 Al Capone became known as one of America’s most ruthless mobsters.