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March 2012

Program Highlights Col le ge Re adine s s

Spring is a busy time for our members, as they visit colleges both in New York City and in Connecticut. In February, a group of eighth grade members toured Brooklyn College, New York University and Columbia University. They spoke with professors about expectations of students and they visited the Gallatin Galleries at NYU. Members also spoke with students and professors of the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia. They talked about successfully transitioning to college and the legacy of the Institute’s Founding Director, Dr. Manning Marable. In April, members will take overnight college tours and visit colleges such as Wesleyan, Yale and University of Connecticut. BHSS alumnae Marsha Jean-Charles (Wesleyan, 2011) and Zora Howard (Yale, 2014) were helpful with the coordination of the tour. Additionally, members are hearing back from colleges and have been accepted to SUNY Cortlandt, St. John’s University, Hunter, PACE, Southern Connecticut, Manhattan College, Utica, Virginia Union, Notre Dame, Brooklyn College, John Jay and Adelphi University, among others.

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From February 3-5, the Brotherhood held its annual winter retreat at Trout Lake in Poconos, Pennsylvania. The theme was “Man in Action” and highlighted Harry Belafonte’s work as an activist and artist. Another focus was an Oath of Dedication ceremony in which members read a written testimony based on their personal beliefs, goals and moral conduct. They worked on these statements over 3 months. They read their oaths aloud before their brothers and received brotherhood shirts to commemorate this phase of the Rites of Passage program. As a celebratory gesture and as a way to bond, chapter leaders rewarded members by taking them skiing, snowboarding and tubing.

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Alcoa Day of Se r v ice

In honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Alcoa Foundation employees participated in a Day of Service with Bro/Sis. Despite the chilly weather, the youth member-led activities and conversations warmed our hearts. Associate Director Cidra Sebastien, six members of the Liberation Program (LP), staff and family members of Alcoa completed a series of gardening and maintenance activities in our community garden. Under the direction of alumnus Vance Cherebin, our members and Alcoa employees planted flower bulbs, trimmed the pear tree and raspberry vines, and cleared debris from the garden. Later, over hot cocoa and doughnuts, Cidra and LP members engaged the group in a conversation about the meaning of service. The group reflected on quotes by freedom fighters and community activists including Rev. Dr. King, Shirley Chisholm, Cesar Chavez, and Dorothy Day. We’re grateful to Ernest L. McFadden, Manager of Workforce Inclusion, and Community Engagement Manager Tricia Napor for coordinating the day. The Alcoa Foundation supports The Brotherhood/Sister Sol with a grant of $25,000.

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