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Inez Chapman Tylor is the daughter of Idella Stamps Chapman. On June 30, 1926, in Bolton, Mississippi, Ellis and Katherine Stamps welcomed a daughter, Idella, into the family. Idella would grow into a woman of strong faith in the Lord and a mother of eighteen. When raising her children, she was a superb mother who really loved her family. Idella seemed to sense her destiny early in life. In her book From One Came Many, she states, “I used to wonder who of my mother’s children would take after my mother in childbearing.
Saturday, April 1 from 2-4pm
Saturday, April 8 from 2-4pm
Twa’Lea A. Jordan “I’m Fearfully and Wonderfully Made”
Underground Books Discussion and Book Signing
With the use of rhyming poetic text, this book celebrates the beauty and uniqueness of black girls, and it offers empowerment and motivation to young black girls. Themes such as identity, self-esteem, and unconditional self-acceptance, are explored with the use of vibrant illustrations in this inspirational literary piece.
“I’m Fearfully and Wonderfully Made!” is an encouraging and uplifting picture book that offers a wonderful read-aloud experience for preschoolers, and a magnificent self-read for older children.
Khalid Akil White” “Black Fatherhood: Trials & Tribulations, Testimony & Triumph”
Discussion and Book Signing
Saturday, April 22 from 2-4pm
Fatherhood is one of the most challenging jobs in the world, and it becomes even tougher when one must combat harmful stereotypes.
Saturday, April 29 from 2-4pm
Coffee and Conversation was created to provide you with the divine guidance or influence you need exerted directly on your mind and soul. All of the wonderful authors in this book have chosen to share their experiences and wisdom with you in hopes that you will discover what is most important to you and begin to make choices that support those priorities.
JOin us for a discussion of this multifaceted exhibit by two exciting local artists.
Joy Matthews isn’t afraid of risks. She’s quit her Fortune 500 job and enrolled in culinary school, chasing her dream. Joy wants her own couture cake boutique. Pursuing her dream by day, Joy pays the bills working nights at The Hourglass—an exclusive gentlemen’s club catering to patrons who enjoy “a little extra fine on a woman’s frame.” Joy’s catching up to her dream when a chance encounter reconnects her with Quinton Daley, a childhood friend. Mutual attraction throws the proverbial wrench in Joy’s relationship-phobic, happily agnostic life.
The story line is about Mrs. Pickie who became a Teacher after growing up and seeing her parents work like slaves on a plantation, and wanted a better life for herself and her sibling.
After being picked by her parents to get an Education and have the Massa of the plantation pay for her schooling. Mrs. Pickie realized as she met her home room teacher at 10 years old, Mrs. Duberry that she wanted to become a Teacher.
Each day I wake to see the light of day. Be it a good day or a not-so-good day or a bad day, I realize it is the best day of my life, and I will rejoice in that day. I will not worry about yesterday or tomorrow. Yesterday will never come again, and tomorrow will be twenty hours, fifty-nine minutes, and fifty-nine seconds away. The closest I will ever get to tomorrow is twenty three hours, fifty-nine minutes, and fifty-nine seconds. With life, all things are possible. If I have life, I must LIVE.
Underground Books (2814 35th Street)
“As the United States celebrates the nation’s ‘triumph over race’ with the election of Barack Obama, the majority of young black men in major American cities are locked behind bars or have been labeled felons for life. Although Jim Crow laws have been wiped off the books, an astounding percentage of the African American community remains trapped in a subordinate status — much like their grandparents before them.”
High on energy and imagination, this ode to self-esteem encourages kids to appreciate everything about themselves–inside and out. Messy hair? Beaver breath? So what! Here’s a little girl who knows what really matters.
At once silly and serious, Karen Beaumont’s joyous rhyming text and David Catrow’s wild illustrations unite in a book that is sassy, soulful–and straight from the heart.
A dazzling debut novel from an exciting new voice, The Mothersis a surprising story about young love, a big secret in a small community—and the things that ultimately haunt us most. Set within a contemporary black community in Southern California, Brit Bennett’s mesmerizing first novel is an emotionally perceptive story about community, love, and ambition. It begins with a secret.
Oprah Winfrey will be the first to tell you, she has had a complicated relationship with food. It’s been both a source of delight and comfort for her, but also the cause of an ongoing struggle with her weight. InFood, Health, and Happiness, Oprah shares the recipes that have allowed eating to finally be joyful for her.
“In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nations history and current crisis.”
The week of February 21st-24th was Literacy Week for our PS7 scholars! Literacy Week started off with a trip to the Book Fair where scholars were able to fill out their own Wish Lists and find special books they wanted to purchase.
James Townsend is in his second year of teaching at St. HOPE, but he is no newbie to the family. Growing up in Oak Park, James got into quite a bit of trouble as a young kid. He attended Sac Prep for middle school, a former KIPP school that was located on the PS7 Elementary campus. It was in these years James encountered a principal and mentor who would change his life. He had never seen such a successful black male and with this picture in site, James began to envision his future of triumph.
We are excited to announce that Underground Books is now selling online! The launch, spearheaded by St. HOPE employee and dragon alumni, Essence Noel, took place on February 23rd. Noel and team worked diligently over the past months to create a website that is both easy to navigate and captures the liveliness of the store.
To conclude Black History Month, a collective of scholars, staff and community members assembled for an evening of live poetry hosted by Sac High’s own Youth Activist Alliance. Twenty-one individuals performed for a crowd of over sixty guests, with topics including black pride, police brutality and black achievements. Snaps, cheers, applause and positive vibes were prevalent throughout the event.
THIS CITY NEIGHBORHOOD is quickly becoming the place to be for Sacramento design obsessives. A slew of new boutiques, design businesses and places to eat and drink have recently opened in the vicinity of Broadway Triangle, architect Ron Vrilakas’ stylish mixed-used development. Here’s a look at some of our favorite places, both old and new.
BY LORETTA KALB
St. Hope Development Co. has purchased a two-story building on Alhambra Boulevard for $2.6 million as part of a larger mission to invest in Oak Park and bring education services closer to St. Hope Public Schools, a spokesman said Tuesday.
Kevin Johnson, an NBA All-Star and former Sacramento mayor, launched both the development company and the charter public schools system more than a decade ago.
Louie’s restaurant, a landmark since 1989, is closing March 31 but could reopen as a different sort of eating spot later this year.
Frank Louie, who has run the popular Chinese restaurant and catering operation for 28 years with his wife, Gloria Wong Louie, said the couple have been considering retirement for several years.
“We love this business.” Frank Louie said, “but we didn’t want to keep doing the day-to-day grind. We said, ‘Let’s move on to the next stage of our lives.’ ”
The Lady Dragons Basketball team is currently ranked #1 by the Sacramento Bee poll. Nipping at their heels is archrival and Bee #2 C.K. McClatchy. The Lions are eager to avenge their 54-48 loss to the Dragons during their first Metro League meeting in late January.
On Saturday, January 28th, local families filled Sac High for this year’s Sac Town Veg Fest. In previous years the event had been held at other area schools. However, event organizer Glenn Destatte was adamant about hosting it in Oak Park and quickly booked Sac High. With over 45 vendors and presenters and ideal weather, the estimated 1,700 guests were in for a great time. Vendors sold food, handmade soaps and various health products. Destatte confirmed that most of the vendors sold out of their products before the event ended.
AH: How long have you been at St. HOPE and how has your experience been?
FM: It all started in 7th grade, when my parents felt I wasn’t being challenged at my current elementary school. They transferred me to PS7 Middle School… and that’s when the workload came. I thought I was at the top of my class, but I found out that there are a lot of other kids who are also putting in the work. I know now that the hard work I was doing helped prepare me for what’s to come in college.
On January 25th, local organizations gathered for the St. HOPE Public Schools’ Employee Wellness Fair. The purpose of the fair was to provide opportunities to SHPS employees and inspire folks to take better care of themselves. In explaining a primary reason for the fair, Emily Heizer, a member of the SHPS Human Resources team who spearheaded the event said,”Teachers give so much to our students and we really wanted to do something special for them!”
Sacramento’s Oak Park neighborhood has a deep history.
While the area is experiencing some levels of renaissance, the neighborhood still carries much of the character it’s known for.
Located adjacent to Midtown Sacramento and within close proximity of Highway 99 and 50, Oak Park development began in the 1880s and has since grown into an urban community.
The future of Oak Park is still unknown as development plans are still being discussed, but the area’s roots still stand.
After a restful holiday break, SHPS staff reunited before the return of students for a mid-year half day session of the St. HOPE Leadership Institute (SHLI) program. The purpose of SHLI is to align staff on the history, culture, and norms of St. HOPE, empower individuals to become leaders through public service and the development of effective solutions to urban challenges, and to strengthen the St. HOPE community across the entire organization.
During winter break Sac High varsity girls basketball coach Michele Massari accomplished two incredible feats. First, her Lady Dragons Basketball team captured the title at the nation’s most prestigious high school girls basketball tournament, the Nike Tournament of Champions, held annually in Arizona. Along the way to the championship coach Massari also secured her 200th win as Sac High’s head coach.
Oak Park has brought back a piece of its past to help reinvent its future.
A new gateway arch has been installed at the entrance to the neighborhood’s McClatchy Park on Fifth Avenue, near the former site of a streetcar terminus that once served a thriving business district.
The arch is nearly identical to a sign that stood at the park’s entrance in the early 1900s, a time when Oak Park was the city’s first suburb.
The Indivizible Speaker Series, hosted by Underground Books and St. HOPE, held its last official gathering on December 8 with well-known author Terry McMillan. The sold-out crowd of 200 people was entertained with a personal reading by Ms. McMillan from excerpts from her newest release, “I Almost Forgot About You”. As part of the program, Mayor Johnson also engaged in a more personal Q&A with Ms. McMillan before allowing the audience to ask questions of their own.
Indivizible’s October program was a timely commemoration of local history and civic engagement. Highlighting a grassroots movement that has made game-changing impacts on American culture and society, the 50th Anniversary of the Black Panther Party generated a crowd of members and devotees alike that packed the historic Guild Theater to capacity. Mayor Kevin Johnson commenced this three-course tribute with a dedication ceremony adjacent to the 40 Acres building in Oak Park. Mayor Johnson officially designated the Victorian-era home at 3418 3rd Avenue as the Huey P.
The curious thing about Broadway, Sacramento’s most storied street, is that it’s cleaved in half by a 10-lane interstate, California Route 99.
To the west, it reaches to the Sacramento River, passing one of the oldest cemeteries on the West Coast and running through the city’s wealthiest neighborhoods. To the east, it stretches just shy of the Sacramento State campus, passing through Oak Park, a neighborhood with deep ties to Sacramento’s culture.
September’s Indivizible program served as a pitch-perfect lesson on how to best inspire, uplift, and empower our young people. With school back in session, focusing on the advances made by trailblazers within the American education system helped facilitate an important dialogue about how we can help our young people become tomorrow’s leaders.
The Seeds of HOPE Dinner is a one-of-a-kind event that brings together students, all-star chefs, and community partners. The Annual Dinner supports the Edible Sac High Garden, which provides scholars with the necessary skills, tools, and confidence to make intelligent choices about the food they choose to fuel their bodies, while simultaneously providing opportunities to develop real-world business skills and acumen.