U.S. Rep. John Lewis plans visit to Romine Elementary | Arkansas Blog

Friday, April 25, 2014

U.S. Rep. John Lewis plans visit to Romine Elementary

Posted By on Fri, Apr 25, 2014 at 6:53 AM

click to enlarge MARCHING TO LR: Fifth graders who've read John Lewis' graphic novel will get a visit from the congressman Monday.
  • MARCHING TO LR: Fifth graders who've read John Lewis' graphic novel will get a visit from the congressman Monday.
Congressman John Lewis, the civil rights giant who'll be in Little Rock this weekend as part of the Arkansas Literary Festival, has an unrelated stop planned at Romine Elementary.

An announcement from a parent, Barclay Key, said Lewis had responded to letters from Romine students who'd read "March: Book One," his graphic book about the civil rights years. He'll meet school fifth graders Monday morning, Key said.

Key uses the announcement to draw attention to Romine's poor performance on benchmark tests. It is a racially and economically segregated school that sends students in its zone on to a similarly segregated Henderson Middle School. Both are populated primarily by black students from lower-income families. Key's announcement is pitched as a call to the community to get involved with improving Little Rock schools. He's critical of a school district decision to end the Reading Recovery program at Romine. He directs attention to a Facebook page aimed at improving Little Rock schools and comments:

Anyone with ears to hear and eyes to see may join our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/abetterlrsd) to get organized and put pressure on the six-figure people in this city to fulfill the constitutional obligation to provide a free, equitable public education to all of its citizens.

Sounds like John Lewis' kind of people. 


Lewis will appear at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center with illustrator Nate Powell and co-writer Andrew Aydin to talk about "March." 

Tags: , , , ,


Sign up for the Daily Update email
Favorite

Comments (3)

Showing 1-3 of 3

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-3 of 3

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • PS: Casino amendment includes sports betting

    A casino gambling amendment now cleared for the gathering of petitions to qualify for the ballot could bring sports wagering to casinos if approved.
    • May 24, 2018
  • An open line and daily news summary

    Here's the daily roundup of news and comment, plus your opportunity at an open discussion.
    • May 24, 2018
  • Let the debate challenges begin

    Democrat Josh Mahony challenges Thrid District Rep. Steve Womack to a series of debates beforre their November general election contest.
    • May 24, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Donald Trump declares war on Hillary Clinton's marriage

    Donald Trump gave a remarkable interview to the New York Times yesterday in which he declared open season on the marriage of Bill and Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton's past infidelity. Seems like a loser, but I've been wrong before.
    • Oct 1, 2016
  • Latest Obamacare repeal bill would hit Arkansas treasury hard

    The latest effort to undo Obamacare, the Graham-Cassidy legislation, would shift federal support for health coverage to a block grant system to the states. Bad news for Arkansas.
    • Sep 18, 2017
  • The inspiring Hillary Clinton

    Hillary Clinton's campaign for president illustrates again the double standard applied to women. Some writers get it. They even find the supposedly unlikable Clinton inspiring.
    • Oct 16, 2016

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: An open line and daily news summary

    • I am waiting for Tom cotton to approve the USA to enter the assassination Game…

    • on May 24, 2018
  • Re: UA puts goats to work

    • So now the Razor Hawgs aren't the only goats on campus.

    • on May 24, 2018
  • Re: Let the debate challenges begin

    • Womack is a communicator. I'd wager that he would hold his own in a debate,…

    • on May 24, 2018

Slideshows

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation