The Urban Legend

Month of Understanding, 2019

Sally Cobb, Staff Writer

January 2, 2019

MOU 2019 Week Six Sally Cobb, staff writer On Thursday 17, 2019, members of the Students of Color affinity space (SOC) and Green Team held a forum about environmental racism. There is often little discussion surrounding this topic, which is why this forum was so important. Environmental racism r...

Urban School students discuss their experiences with socioeconomic status

Ana Gorski, Head Fact Checker

April 18, 2017

  The Month of Understanding (MOU) at Urban is a month dedicated to providing “Urban with an opportunity to focus on and highlight multiculturalism at school, remembering that the work is year-round,” according to the Urban website. In January 2017, as a part of MOU, students in the Urban leadership group Multi Cu...

Cultural appropriation or cultural appreciation – what’s the difference?

Olive Lopez, Staff Writer

October 30, 2013

Rapper Lil Debbie says that she’s “just a white girl in this world” and that she is just as entitled to rap as anyone else is. But others see her music, attitude, and lifestyle as offensive and an example of cultural appropriation — a white girl sampling and stealing from black culture. Which...

Urban’s Month of Understanding ends with call for self-reflection, listening

David Immerman, Staff Writer

February 23, 2012

January, a month of resolutions and appreciations, inspires for many the feelings of forgiveness, hopefulness, and a fresh start. With these emotions in mind, Urban began the new year with the Month of Understanding, a series of events organized by the Multi-Culti Committee and intended to “encourage...

Urban’s Lautze on Month of Understanding: Make it a permanent state of being

February 8, 2012

After math teacher Richard Lautze burst into the spotlight during Urban’s Jan. 3 all-school meeting with an impassioned speech about the Month of Understanding, The Urban Legend sought an even deeper explanation of what “understanding” entails for our community. He encourages Urban students to...

Speaker at MLK assembly brings up issues of racism in school

Speaker at MLK assembly brings up issues of racism in school

February 6, 2011

It was a startling statement: “Everyone needs a nigger Jim,” said Damali Ayo, speaker at Urban’s Martin Luther King, Jr. assembly. Ayo led one of the many discussions and workshops around diversity during Urban’s January Month of Understanding. This year, the month focused on “making the invisible visible.” Ayo, who attended Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C., which ...

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