VETTE’S VEGAS VOICE: Recording Artist Joins White House at CCBC Education Forum
BY YVETTE WILLIAMS
Mr. David Johns will be joining us again for the 11th CCBC African American Education Forum & Student Summit on Oct. 24 at 6 p.m., at Cheyenne High School (3200 W. Alexander Road in North Las Vegas). It will be co-hosted by the White House Initiative for Educational Excellence for AfricanAmericans, in partnership with Clark County School District.
This event is a free community event and parents, educators, community leaders and stakeholders are encouraged to attend with so many changes this year. More information is available at www.CCBlackCaucus.com.
This year’s event will feature CCSD Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky and State Superintendent Steve Canavero, City of Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, and special celebrity guest Dee-1. Topics include progress of Victory and Turnaround schools, new Career and Technical education programs, plans to address disparities in discipline and proficiencies, Achievement School District overview, and progress on implementation of CCSD reorganization. Mr. Johns will discuss the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and U.S. Department of Education guidelines that ensure equity in education. Mayor Goodman will share how the City of Las Vegas is working with CCSD through special programs such as Re Invent schools that will improve student achievement of African American students.
The evening’s special guest is David Augustine, AKA Dee-1, who honed his lyrical skills while balancing two careers — teaching middle school children by day and performing at rap shows at night. He lives by his “Mission Vision” credom best summed up in his 3’s Up mantra: Be Real, Be Righteous, Be Relevant. In 2013, he signed with RCA records and last year hosted the BET Honors red carpet.
A positive force in hip hop, Dee-1 shared the following message, “I’m the rapper that wants kids to walk away from my music motivated to finish high school. Or people to say that a Dee-1 song helped me when I was contemplating suicide. I just want to play a positive role.”
CCSD high school seniors interested in attending the African American Student Summit can register online at www.CCBlackCaucus.com directly or with their Black Student Union adviser or school counselor.
The Summit runs from noon–8 p.m. and includes free dinner and snacks, and free bus transportation from their high school. Although registration is not required to attend the Education Forum at 6 p.m., registration is required to participate in the Student Summit. Program information is available at www.Operation32371.org.
Yvette Williams is a community advocate and Chair/Founder of the Clark County Black Caucus, a non-partisan community organization driven 100% by volunteer members registered to vote. Follow her Blog at www.YvetteBWilliams.com and on twitter @YvetteBWilliams or contact her at ClarkCountyBlackCaucus@gmail.com for more information.