RCSD Saturday activities canceled

The City School District is canceling all activities on Saturday, February 13th, because of the dangerously cold temperatures. Two athletic activities are affected:

  • Participation by city school teams in the Section 5 bowling sectional at Clover Lanes
  • A Rochester City Athletic Conference cheerleading competition scheduled at East High

We will make follow-up announcements about the rescheduling of these events.

Coaches are contacting their athletes individually, but we appreciate help from the media in broadcasting this information to District families.

Black History: Voting Rights Act Of 1965

Voting Rights Act Of 1965, August 1965

In August 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law with the goal of overcoming the legal barriers at the state and local levels that prevents African Americans from exercising their right to vote under the 15th Amendment in the Constitution of the U.S. The Voting Rights Act was spurred by the events that took place during the Selma to Montgomery march where marchers were beaten and tear gassed by Alabama state troopers in March of 1965. Less than a week later President Johnson addressed a joint session of Congress, calling for votingfederal legislation to ensure protection of the voting rights of African Americans. The Voting Rights Act was signed into law on August 6, 1965. The Voting Rights Act vastly improved voter turnout. In Mississippi alone, voter turnout among African Americans increased from six percent in 1964 to 59 percent in 1969.

What “Inspiring Beauty” Means To You

“The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives the passion that she shows.” – Audrey Hepburn

Beauty to me is not that of a physical nature, but it means to have beauty in your character. By inspiring beauty in someone else, you are helping to build them up mentally and  spiritually. You can help to inspire beauty by giving to others, that doesn’t have to be financially. You can donate your most valuable asset, your time. You can volunteer at shelters, schools, programs, or even just lending someone a helping hand. Continue reading What “Inspiring Beauty” Means To You

Black History: Million Man March

Million Man March, 1995

On October 1995, over a million black men gathered in Washington, D.C. for the Million Man March, organized and led by Minister Louis Farrakhan in order to declare their right to justice to atone for their failure as men, and to accept responsibility as head of the family. The Million Man March is one of the largest demonstrations of its kind in the capital’s history. On that day, many black men stood there for 10 hoummmrs fasting and praying together creating a spirit of unity, brotherhood, and love. There were no fights or arrests that day. People around the world watched and participated in the fasting as well. On that day, the world saw a vastly different picture of black men in America. The world saw black men demonstrating the willingness to shoulder the responsibility of improving themselves and the community. As a result of the March, around 1.7 million Black men registered to vote and organizational memberships including churches, mosques, and the NAACP skyrocketed.The National Association of Black Social Workers reported a flood of 13,000 applications to adopt Black children as well.

Its success also spurred the organization of a Million Woman March, which took place in 1997 in Philadelphia.