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Mark Thomas
Works at Indianapolis Public Schools
Attended IU East
Lives in Indianapolis, Indiana
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I teach beneath the cracks through which have fallen several score at-risk students in a metropolitan school district. Right now, I'm especially proud of my Geography students who finished this wattle and daub structure, while studying the late Neolithic Period.

They performed all the work, save a few Boy Scout lashing I tied, and braved the daub mixture, dirtying their hands as they owned this project. 
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On this date September 27th in the year 1827 Hiram R. Revels was born in Fayetteville,North Carolina...Revels,was a minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME), and a politician. He was the first person of color to serve in the United States Senate, and in the U.S. Congress overall. He represented Mississippi in 1870 and 1871 during Reconstruction...
During the American Civil War, he helped organize two regiments of the United States Colored Troops and he also served as a chaplain.
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Tired of Kaepernick's protest during the playing of OUR NATIONAL ANTHEM?
Then show your patriotism by repeating this creed, written when America was GREAT!
Share if you agree with this historically patriotic theme!
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We believe in the fatherhood of God, the brotherhood of Jesus Christ and the eternal tenets of the Christian religion, as practiced by enlightened Protestant churches.

We believe that church and state should continue separate in administration and organization, although united in their mission and purpose to serve mankind unselfishly.

We believe in the American home as the foundation upon which rests the American republic, the future of its institutions and the liberties of its citizens.

We believe in the mission of emancipated womanhood, freed from the shackles of old world traditions, and standing unafraid in the full effulgence of equality and enlightenment.

We believe in the equality of men and women in political religious, fraternal civic and social affairs wherein there should be no distinction of sex.

We believe in the free public schools, where our children are trained in the principles and ideals that America the greatest of all nations.

We believe the Stars and Stripes the most beautiful flag on earth, symbolizing the purity of race, the blood of martyrs and the fidelity of patriot.

We believe that the current of pure American blood must United States and the several states, and consecrate ourselves to its preservation against all enemies at home and abroad.

We believe that the freedom of speech, of press and of worship is an inalienable right of all citizens whose allegiance and loyalty to our country is unquestioned.

We believe that principle comes before party; that justice should be firm, but impartial, and that partisanship must yield to intelligent co-operation.

We believe that the current of pure American blood must be kept uncontaminated by mongrel strains and protected from racial pollutions.

We believe that the government of the United States must be kept inviolate from the control or domination of alien races and the baleful influence of inferior peoples.

We believe that the people are greater than any foreign power or potentate, prince or prelate and that no other allegiance in America should be tolerated.

We believe that the perpetuity of our nation rests upon the solidarity and purity of our native-born, white, Gentile, Protestant men and women.
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OH, BY THE WAY, IF YOU RECITED THIS, IF YOU SHARED THIS, YOU JUST RECITED AND SHARED THE 1924 CREED OF THE KLANSWOMAN. HERE'S THE FINAL PART OF THE CREED.

We believe that under God the Women of the Ku Klux Klan is a militant body of American freewomen by whom these principles shall be maintained, our racial purity preserved, our homes and children protected, our happiness insured and the prosperity of our community, our state and our nation guaranteed against usurpation, disloyalty and selfish exploitation.
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I, too.
Langston Hughes’ “I, Too” takes a lyrical look at inequality.
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Fascinating stories of World War II Japanese war brides that faced vast cultural differences upon arriving in the United States.
Tens of thousands of Japanese women barely garnered a blip in U.S. immigration history, but they married into the families of North Dakota farmers and Wisconsin loggers.
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read the story on the new yorker's website. excellent read.
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Glad to hear they didn't try to bury it.
Jack Daniel learned how to make whiskey from a preacher. That's how the story goes. But a new figure is gaining prominence in the brand's corporate history.
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*TOO DARN ENTERTAINING!! FANTASTIC SHORT DOCUMENTARY *

The current owner of this Louisiana plantation is just a terrific guide. For 190 years, up to the last inhabitants of the house who left in 1984, no language other than Creole was allowed to be spoken inside the house! Amazing !
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On this date September 25th in the year 1957 Central High School in Little Rock,Arkansas was Integrated...Under escort from the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division, nine black students (The Little Rock Nine) enter all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. Three weeks earlier, Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus had surrounded the school with National Guard troops to prevent its federal court-ordered racial integration. After a tense standoff, President Dwight D. Eisenhower federalized the Arkansas National Guard and sent 1,000 army paratroopers to Little Rock to enforce the court order.

On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka that racial segregation in educational facilities was unconstitutional. Five days later, the Little Rock School Board issued a statement saying it would comply with the decision when the Supreme Court outlined the method and time frame in which desegregation should be implemented.

Arkansas was at the time among the more progressive Southern states in regard to racial issues. The University of Arkansas School of Law was integrated in 1949, and the Little Rock Public Library in 1951. Even before the Supreme Court ordered integration to proceed "with all deliberate speed," the Little Rock School Board in 1955 unanimously adopted a plan of integration to begin in 1957 at the high school level. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) filed suit, arguing the plan was too gradual, but a federal judge dismissed the suit, saying that the school board was acting in "utmost good faith." Meanwhile, Little Rock's public buses were desegregated. By 1957, seven out of Arkansas' eight state universities were also integrated.
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On this date September 25th in the year 1957 Central High School in Little Rock,Arkansas was Integrated...Under escort from the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division, nine black students (The Little Rock Nine) enter all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. Three weeks earlier, Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus had surrounded the school with National Guard troops to prevent its federal court-ordered racial integration. After a tense standoff, President Dwight D. Eisenhower federalized the Arkansas National Guard and sent 1,000 army paratroopers to Little Rock to enforce the court order.

On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka that racial segregation in educational facilities was unconstitutional. Five days later, the Little Rock School Board issued a statement saying it would comply with the decision when the Supreme Court outlined the method and time frame in which desegregation should be implemented.

Arkansas was at the time among the more progressive Southern states in regard to racial issues. The University of Arkansas School of Law was integrated in 1949, and the Little Rock Public Library in 1951. Even before the Supreme Court ordered integration to proceed "with all deliberate speed," the Little Rock School Board in 1955 unanimously adopted a plan of integration to begin in 1957 at the high school level. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) filed suit, arguing the plan was too gradual, but a federal judge dismissed the suit, saying that the school board was acting in "utmost good faith." Meanwhile, Little Rock's public buses were desegregated. By 1957, seven out of Arkansas' eight state universities were also integrated.
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In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, here are some fun facts about famous firsts.
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A FANTASTIC DUEL DISCUSSION

This is a great discussion by two respected historians, one of whom is Gordon Woods, which discusses the background of representation in the British Parliament as a lead up to the Revolution and, consequently, the War.
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On this date September 23rd in the year 1930 Ray Charles Robinson was born in Albany,Georgia...Charles was an African American singer-songwriter, musician and composer known as (Ray Charles). He was a pioneer in the genre of soul music during the 1950s by fusing rhythm and blues, gospel, and blues styles into his early recordings with Atlantic Records. He also helped racially integrate country and pop music during the 1960s with his crossover success on ABC Records, most notably with his Modern Sounds albums. While with ABC, Charles became one of the first African-American musicians to be given artistic control by a mainstream record company. Frank Sinatra called Charles “the only true genius in show business,” although Charles downplayed this notion.

The influences upon his music were mainly jazz, blues, rhythm and blues and country artists of the day such as Art Tatum, Nat King Cole, Louis Jordan, Charles Brown, and Louis Armstrong. His playing reflected influences from country blues, barrelhouse and stride piano styles.

Rolling Stone ranked Charles number ten on their list of "100 Greatest Artists of All Time" in 2004,and number two on their November 2008 list of "100 Greatest Singers of All Time".In honoring Charles, Billy Joel noted: "This may sound like sacrilege, but I think Ray Charles was more important than Elvis Presley.
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I received my student pilot's license on my 16th birthday. I'm an Eagle Scout. I was promoted, meritoriously, to Sergeant in the Marine Corps. I completed college in my mid-30s. I ran a small, hometown newspaper. I served a term as a council member in my hometown. I presented at a statewide conference on gifted education. Oh, and I saw Stevie Ray Vaughan four times during his final year on Earth.
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    Education, 1992 - 1997
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  • Indianapolis Public Schools
    High School Social Studies Teacher, 2014 - present
    I teach sections of American History, World Geography and Current Events in one of our district's alternative education programs. I support students seeking to complete credit courses in social studies as they make their way towards graduation.
  • Indianapolis School Corp.
    Classroom Teacher, 2012 - 2014
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    Content Editor, 2011 - 2012
  • Indiana & Ohio Public Schools
    Teacher, 1997 - 2009
  • U.S.M.C.
    Sergeant, 1979 - 1983
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Evangelicals’ racist “purity” culture: What’s really behind Huckabee’s B...
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When Mike Huckabee suggested that Jay Z was a pimp, he was tapping into an ugly history – and, likely, on purpose

White Bronze - A Monument for All Time
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(A short sabbatical is in order - So, for the next few weeks, we'll take a look back at some older posts: This one is from 2011 on those gor

A Look Back at the Vicitms of Jack the Ripper
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(A short sabbatical is in order - So, for the next few weeks, we'll take a look back at some older posts: This one is from 2012 about the Vi

What went wrong with Google GLASS? | LinkedIn
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It was a cold Thursday morning on February 21, 2013 in central Indiana. I was on my first cup of Starbucks dark French roast for the day and

A Simply Spook-tacular Idea, Horror Fans
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Last summer, I wrote two blog posts about horror show hosts. Many readers wrote back about their favorite memories of local horror hosts and

Jersey Jazzman: Why Do We Need Tenure? Ask Belleville's Teachers
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In the wake of the truly awful Vergara decision, there have been plenty of reformy types crowing that we just don't need teacher tenure any

Out of Our Past: Beer, base ball exciting in 1881
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Samuel Taylor Coleridge claimed, “No mind is thoroughly well organized that is deficient in a sense of humor.”

Stop Expecting to Change Your Habit in 21 Days
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I'm writing a book about habit formation -- such a fascinating subject. I identify the multiple strategies that we can use to make or break

Google Debuts Classroom, An Education Platform For Teacher-Student Commu...
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Google is tackling the persistent need in education for better software with Classroom, a new tool launching in beta preview to help teacher

Scallop Platter - an Amuse-Bouche
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A deliciously spicy amuse-bouche in the form of a mini scallop platter

Seething hate even Fox News can’t deny: Cliven Bundy is not an outlier
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There should be no surprise here: GOP thinking is that government "free stuff" is a form of slavery

Gates and the Teacher Wars: It Matters Where You Stand - Cult of Pedagogy
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Does staying out of the education reform debate make you out of touch, a peacekeeper, or a self-serving a-hole?

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Defining the terms of my review, I've just returned from a tour of the Madame Walker Theater and my sole regret is having not visited the landmark sooner. There was no stage production or even rehearsal taking place during the tour. In fact, including my guest and me, I doubt there were ten people in the structure during the two hours of the visit. What made the experience so memorable was a 91 year old docent, a D-Day veteran who spent his youth living, playing working and learning along Indiana Avenue on which the theater was built when he was only aged five. Thomas Ridley, with the recall and energy of a man half his age, described the history of the building's namesake, Madame C.J. Walker, the nation's first self-made female millionaire who, as the child of two former slaves, built a thriving enterprise manufacturing and marketing hair care and beauty products largely for fellow African-American women. The theater, however, was built five years after the company matriarch died, by her also dynamic daughter and the Indianapolis attorney who managed the company both before and after Madame Walker's death. Built two years before the start of the Great Depression, the theater's four stories rose at the center of Indianapolis' thriving Black community. Mr. Ridley described how the theater showed both silent films as well as the new phenomenon of "talkies". As the Crossroads of America, Indianapolis was a regular stop for the top jazz bands of the day and Ridley believably saw them all. The architecture borrows from the flatiron style on the exterior, while the theater itself displays reminders of East Africa and Egypt, a preference of M. Walker's fashion conscious daughter, A'Lelia. The physical community described by Mr. Ridley is gone, an unintended consequence of desegregation in the 1950s and 60s and the unthoughtful effect of urban renewal of the 1970s. If you visit the theater, do so with an appreciation of the story represented by the building and not with the gauche idea of comparing it with some contemporary venue built with little consideration for community. If you're very lucky, Thomas Ridley will be your guide.
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