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Spelman College hosts symposium on death and dying in African-American culture

Spelman College hosts symposium on death and dying in African-American culture

ATLANTA -- Spelman College will host "When Sorrows Come: A Symposium on Death and Dying in African-American Culture" from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 21, exactly 50 years since the assassination of Malcolm X. The program is sponsored by the Spelman College Department of English.

According to Michelle Hite, assistant English professor, the forum will address the contemptuous and deadly disregard for Black life across the social, political, and cultural landscapes in the United States since 1965. Featured symposium speakers include Karla F.C. Holloway, James B. Duke Professor of English, Duke University; novelist Ravi Howard; filmmaker Christine Turner; and Winifred Watts Hemphill, president, South-View Cemetery Association.

3 counties benefit from Fuel Your School program

3 counties benefit from Fuel Your School program

(WXIA) -- More than 100 public schools in three metro Atlanta counties will benefit from Chevron's Fuel Your School program.

Through the campaign, Chevron contributes $1 from every gasoline purchase of eight gallons or more to participating schools. Fuel Your School generated $391,146 for 131 schools in Clayton, DeKalb and Fulton counties.

Many of the projects that are granted funds from the program are part of STEM curriculums. For example, students at Grady High School in Atlanta received a data-gathering device to use in their physics courses.

Chevron said nearly 40,000 students are impacted by the money generated through Fuel Your School.

Spelman College to host Dr. Richard Benson book signing and discussion

Spelman College to host Dr. Richard Benson book signing and discussion

ATLANTA -- Richard Benson, Ph.D., author, advocate, and assistant professor of Education Studies at Spelman College, will share excerpts from his newly released book, Fighting For Our Place in the Sun: Malcolm X and the Radicalization of the Black Student Movement, 1960-1973, at a combined book signing and discussion on Tuesday, Feb.  10.

During the talk, Dr. Benson will discuss the book, which illuminates the untold tenets of Malcolm X's educational philosophy.

Free and open to the public, the discussion will be held at 6 p.m. in the NASA auditorium of the Albro-Falconer-Manley Science Center on Spelman's campus. For more information, call 404. 270-5309.

Spelman College hosts conversation with Dr. Dwight Andrews

Spelman College hosts conversation with Dr. Dwight Andrews

ATLANTA -- As part of the 2014-2015 Signature Conversations in the Arts Series, on Thursday, Jan. 29 at 6 p.m., Spelman College will host a conversation with Dwight Andrews, Ph.D., a 2015 Distinguished Visiting Scholar.

Dr. Andrews, a composer, musician, educator, and pastor of First Congregational Church in Atlanta, will discuss “Living a Creative Life That Bears Witness to a World of Problems and Promise,” which offers a meditation on his multi-dimensional career.

Sisters Chapel raises awareness about sex trafficking

Sisters Chapel raises awareness about sex trafficking

ATLANTA -- On Tuesday, Jan. 27, Spelman College Sisters Chapel and community partners the Center for Civil and Human Rights, Living Water for Girls, Ebenezer Baptist Church, and Interfaith Children's Movement will host the "Arise, Awake and Act Against Sex Trafficking" conference.

This free, daylong conference begins at 11 a.m. and is targeted at clergy, lay and community leaders and students across metropolitan Atlanta, and will spotlight the ongoing conversations, programs and legislation designed to mobilize men and women to combat sex trafficking.

The event will be held in the Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby Ed.D. Academic Center Auditorium. For more information, visit www.spelman.edu, or call 404-270-5729.

Spelman student wins Marshall Scholarship to study in U.K.

Spelman student wins Marshall Scholarship to study in U.K.

ATLANTA -- Tayler Ulmer ('15) has been awarded a Marshall Scholarship. Ulmer is the fifth Spelman College student to receive the scholarship since its inception in 1954. The scholarship finances young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree at an academic institution in the United Kingdom. Up to 40 Marshall Scholars are selected each year. Ulmer, an anthropology/sociology and international studies major, plans to pursue a master’s degree in social anthropology of development at the School for Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.

AP exam participation: Atlanta Public Schools

AP exam participation: Atlanta Public Schools

(WXIA) -- More Georgia high school students are taking -- and passing -- Advanced Placement exams.

Last school year, 89,806 Georgia students took 154,176 AP exams. That's an 8 percent increase in the number of participants and almost a 9 percent increase in the number of tests.

AP exams are graded on a scale of 1 to 5. Passing scores of 3, 4 or 5 often allow the test-takers to earn college credit.

Georgia's seniors earned 86,075 passing scores on their AP exams in 2014, a 9.6 percent increase over 2013.

English Language and Composition was the state's most popular AP exam, followed by U.S. History and World History.

In Atlanta, 1,407 students took 2,017 AP exams in 2014, and 637 of those exams earned passing scores.

Here are the AP exam breakdowns for each APS high school:

B.E.S.T. Academy
14 students took 16 exams
1 passing score