- Faith & Family
While the future of some Liberty City schools is still uncertain, community members are being proactive to make sure the education of Black students is protected. Recently the Joint Alumni Coalition of Greater Miami (JAC) held their monthly meeting to address the needs of failing schools in Liberty City. The Joint Alumni Coalition of Greater Miami was officially established in December of 2002.
“We are bringing some real light to the challenging situation we have here in Miami-Dade County with our school system,” said Samuel Mack, the treasurer for the JAC. “We originally started as the six original Black High Schools. We have expanded now to represent education as a whole. We are an advocate organization for educational issues whether it is student issues or community issues. Through these meetings we try to give people an opportunity to share a network of information. Our organization was created with the ideal of having an alumni organization that could have and continue to have an impact and continue to support these [failing] schools.”
At the November meeting of the coalition, special guests from the school board and neighboring high schools were invited to the meeting to update the JAC on issues involving schools that are under the close watch of the school board, none of the guests showed up.
“We invited several people from downtown,” said Gigi Tinsley, vice-president of the JAC. “We reached out to Northwestern and Central’s principals. Right now I am very disappointed that they did not show up.”
Although Tinsley said she extended an invitation, William Aristide, Miami Northwestern Senior High School’s principal, said he was not aware of the meeting.
“It must have been an error in my scheduling,” Aristide said. “I do not recall speaking to anyone about attending that meeting but I will make sure that I am at next month’s meeting.”
Meetings are held on the second Saturday of each month at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, 6161 NW 22nd Avenue.
By Randy Grice