Incommon:

It’s Up To Us

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    On the eastern edge of Chicago’s Garfield Park, a large, castle-like structure looms above the economically burdened neighborhood. It is a fortress of sorts: a defender of fairness and equal opportunity, a protector of hopes and dreams, a stronghold of believers in the promise of just rewards for efforts given. It is Providence-St. Mel, a world-class school serving mostly African American students—instilling them with a greater pride in who they are, and ensuring them college acceptance and scholarships. The students work hard for it, as academic and disciplinary standards are very high. They are the standards set by founder Paul Adams, a former civil rights activist, who rescued the school from closing 40 years ago. Adams would not abandon the neighborhood nor its children.

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    On the eastern edge of Chicago’s Garfield Park, a large, castle-like structure looms above the economically burdened neighborhood. It is a fortress of sorts: a defender of fairness and equal opportunity, a protector of hopes and dreams, a stronghold of believers in the promise of just rewards for efforts given. It is Providence-St. Mel, a world-class school serving mostly African American students—instilling them with a greater pride in who they are, and ensuring them college acceptance and scholarships. The students work hard for it, as academic and disciplinary standards are very high. They are the standards set by founder Paul Adams, a former civil rights activist, who rescued the school from closing 40 years ago. Adams would not abandon the neighborhood nor its children.

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