Mississippi activists say, ‘zero tolerance school discipline policies feeding pipeline to prison’

February 14, 2013 in Top Stories

By Ayesha K. Mustafaa

Editor

A call to action plan toward repealing “zero tolerance school discipline policies” was issued by Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), at a press conference Friday, Feb. 8, held at the Central High School Auditorium in Jackson.

Edelman joined the Southern Poverty Law Center, the PERICO Institute for Youth Development and Engagement and CDF’s Southern Regional Office….

“Soulful Celebration” tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 17, 2013 in News, Top Stories

A community-wide performing arts youth concert

By Ayesha K. Mustafaa

Editor

Tributes to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on what would be his 84th birthday began in Jackson with a “Soulful Celebration” presented by the PERICO Institute for Youth Development, Sunday, Jan. 13.

Held at the Jackson Medical Mall, it was delightful to see the choirs of African American teenagers so poised and reflective of the dignity due Dr. King’s memory….