The spirit of Henrietta Lacks entered the cafetorium of Celentano Biotech, Health, and Medical Magnet School Monday evening as the Board of Ed contemplated if it should accept a grant connected to the genetic testing of students.
Lillian Brown’s mothering powers were so strong that she could just look at a child in Newhallville — her own and anyone else’s — and the child would straighten right up. She could cook food so good that you might be convinced to try chitlins.
And so sharp was her political acumen that mayors of New Haven knew that they hadn’t really won the seat until they’d had an audience with her on her front porch.
Fifty years ago today, on April 3, 1968, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his last public speech, which continues to haunt Americans today with its ringing tones of courage in the face of a possible assassination, which in fact occurred the next day.
As an especially vibrant Black History Month nears its end, this week’s Elm City Crossword tests your knowledge of some of the lasting achievements and institutions of New Haven’s African-American community.
Ready or not, Black History Month at Yale’s Afro-American Cultural Center promises to deliver the goods. And despite how New Haveners may have been made to feel in the past, all events will be open to the public.
This revived commitment to the New Haven community comes from Dean Risë Nelson, the New Haven-raised director of Afro-American Cultural Center (Af-Am House) who is in her third year at the helm.