Retreat for black students to combine academics, hip-hop

February 18, 1994|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,Sun Staff Writer

Some Howard County black high school students will gather at Hammond High School tomorrow for a leadership retreat that will mix academics with contemporary music and other elements of "hip-hop" culture.

"Hip-hop has its own culture, language and lifestyle and we want academics to be a part of that identification," said Gloria Washington, a facilitator with the school system's Black Student Achievement Program.

"Our focus is always to bring about a change with regards to achievement."

Tomorrow will mark the third time that a retreat has been held to help black students improve academically and to encourage those who are doing well to continue, Ms. Washington said.

The retreat is part of the BSAP's leadership training series for high school students during Black History Month.

In September, 112 students attended the first retreat at a center in Chevy Chase, Ms. Washington said.

During tomorrow's evening-long retreat, from 7 p.m. to midnight, students will discuss college course selections and enrollment, hear a lecture and also watch videos, play basketball and dance.

Tomorrow, Ohio State University Prof. Nashid Fahkrid-Deen will discuss "African Holocaust: Then and Now."

Originally, students were to stay overnight, but organizers canceled that plan because of the recent inclement weather.

BSAP was established in 1986 to address the academic achievement, participation and self-esteem of black students.

On Feb. 27, the group will hold its annual unity breakfast at the Columbia Hilton.

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