Heads Up

Welcome to Heads Up, a blogging experiment that aims to: 

  • connect the people, parts, and principles of Durham Academy;
  • share ideas about learning and human development;
  • spotlight a few of the many wondrous things I get to see every day at Durham Academy. 

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Michael Ulku-SteinerHead of School 


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Phenomenal woman

Amidst their full calendars of well-planned lessons, DA teachers often make time to make current events relevant to their charges. This morning US English Teacher Naa Adom sent the following to her students and colleagues - a well-timed reminder of "The Power of One."

Dear All,
As you may have heard, Dr. Maya Angelou died yesterday at the age of 87. Many of you may know her as a poet, but she was a renaissance woman.
Do you love literature?
Well, then you should be humbled by her prolific output as a writer. She wrote seven volumes of memoir, three books of essays, and many books of poetry. She was the first poet since Robert Frost to deliver an inaugural poem.
Are you a scholar?
She was the recipient of over 30 honorary degrees and at one point, an administrator at the University of Ghana. She was also most recently a professor at Wake Forest University.
Are you into music and/or dance?
Maya Angelou was an accomplished dancer (she choreographed and danced with Alvin Ailey,) and singer.
Do you like to travel?
She was the first black train conductor in the US at the age of 16
Are you a budding activist?
Maya Angelou was very active in the Civil Rights Movement. She worked closely with Martin Luther Jr., Malcolm X, Bayard Rustin, and others.
Are you a human being?
You should be impressed with her tenacity. She was the victim of abuse and violence at a young age, she was a teen mother, and took jobs that many would look down upon to provide for her child. She was a testament to the fact that life is cumulative. She was proof that you can always start over again.
All the best,
Ms. Adom
Posted by in Upper School, Other on Thursday May, 29, 2014
Tag:  Naa Adom


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