Thanks to a grant secured by UNCW’s Office of Cultural Arts, DC Virgo Middle School has become a hotbed of original poetry. Throughout this week, the sixth- and seventh-graders are work-shopping personal poems under the guidance of a teaching artist from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. WHQR’s Katie O’Reilly reports that New Hanover County Schools are one of only two districts in the state to enjoy such opportunities through the Kennedy Center.
All over the world, people are celebrating the life and mourning the death of South Africa’s Nelson Mandela. Commentator Philip Stine recalls another man whose spiritual transformation made him an unlikely but essential partner with Mandela in forging a post-apartheid South Africa:
I grew up in a country neighboring South Africa whose laws essentially copied apartheid. Separation was our life, and race was a constant topic of conversation.