The Journey to Understanding: Stories across race, place, and class
We invite you to hear the compelling stories of former METCO students and to learn about the inspiring life Dorothy Stoneman, founder of YouthBuild, Inc. at Belmont’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Breakfast. This is a program about those who have had the vision and courage to bring about a more equitable world and their journeys. It is a celebration of both 50 years of METCO and of Dorothy Stoneman’s remarkable life.
The MLK Breakfast takes place Monday, January 16 at 8:45 am at Belmont High School
Belmont to Harlem
Dorothy Stoneman grew up in Belmont, and attended Belmont Public Schools starting with Winn Brook. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and master’s and doctoral degrees from Bank Street College of Education. She joined the Civil Rights movement in 1964, and worked in East Harlem for decades in education and community development. She started the first YouthBuild program there in 1978 in partnership with local teenagers and then orchestrated its scaling nationally and internationally. She is a recipient of the Harvard Call to Service Award (2011), the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship (2007), the John Gardner Leadership Award (2000), and a MacArthur “genius” Fellowship (1996). In 2013 she was invited to speak on the Mall at the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Freedom and Justice, marking YouthBuild’s place as part of the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement.
Below is a link to the January 2 New York Times article about Ms. Stoneman, who recently retired as CEO of YouthBuild.
METCO: from Boston to Belmont and back
This is the 50th anniversary The Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity, Inc (METCO), a state-funded educational program designed to eliminate racial imbalance through the busing of children from Boston and Springfield to public systems in surrounding suburban metropolitan communities.
Angela Simpson, Anthony Lumley, and Lee Williams ’82 were among the first of a small group of METCO students to arrive in Belmont in 1970. Boston was at the height of the busing crisis and METCO was conceived to encourage more diversity in suburban schools and to provide a quality education for Boston students. Marrcus Henry ’04 and Melvin McKenzie ’06 have more recent stories but the experience of early morning risings to be on a bus at 6 am in Boston traveling to the predominantly white community of Belmont and a different world, resonate for all. Belmont resident, Lorraine Kermond, will speak about the importance of the METCO program to the Belmont community and about the Boston-Belmont Friends group. In addition, Diane Wiltshire, Belmont METCO director, will speak.
Monday, January 16, 2017 MLK Day
Celebrating 50 years of METCO
9 am – 11 am (Registration at the door from 8:45 am – 9 am)
Belmont High School Cafeteria, 221 Concord Avenue
$5 per person/$10 per family (at the door)
The program will include music by The Belmont High School Chamber singers, BHS student singers and METCO program participants Jaelyn Creech Moise and Janae Creech Moise, a trio comprised of BHS students Lara Zeng, Alex Wilk, and Annalise Schlaud, and a closing song by Belmont resident Muneeb Khan.
Pastries, fruit and beverages will be served. Ample parking. Accessible to persons with disabilities. Join with old friends and meet new friends. Children of all ages are welcome and childcare and gym activities will be provided for those 2-12 during the talks.
If you would like to register in advance, email or call the Belmont Human Rights Commission at Belmont.firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-993-2795. Clearly state or spell your name and any title. If you preregister, your name tag will be waiting! Preregistration is appreciated, but not required. Help set-up, Sunday, 4-6 pm, in the BHS cafeteria.
METCO SUPPORT FUND
Donations will be accepted at the Breakfast for the METCO Support Fund. This Fund pays for after school transportation for METCO high school students who participate in after school arts, academic, or sporting activities and for programs in all the schools that provide opportunities for our Boston and Belmont students and families to foster connections. The Fund is administered by the Belmont School Department.
Donations can also be sent directly to BAR: Make check out to Belmont Against Racism, (put METCO Fund on the by line). PO Box 649 Belmont MA 02478. Our students are very appreciative of your support!