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The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression. – W.E.B. Du Bois Black History Month Celebration Inside • C e l e b r a t i n g 4 8 Ye a r s o f S e r v i c e • Serving More Than 50,000 African American Readers Throughout The Metropolitan Area / Vol. 48, No. 19 Feb. 21 - Feb. 27, 2013 (L/R) Attendance counselor Tiffany Upshaw, Luke C. Moore principal Azalia Speight and students Makia Baugh and Kendra Hall listen to recommendations from Speight on the importance of planning for the future on Feb. 14. /Photo by Roy Lewis Alternative School Reduces Truancy By Dorothy Rowley WI Staff Writer Three years ago, Makia Baugh had practically given up on school. She rarely attended classes, and when she did, her attention span proved to be next to nothing and she had absolutely no interest in learning. The entire time she was enrolled at Cardozo Senior High School in Northwest, her nonchalant attitude toward education eventually led to other issues, and brought a screeching halt to her childhood. But then one day, Baugh experienced an epiphany. “I wanted to change my life,” said Baugh, 20. “I realized that because I had a child, I had to do something to better her life and mine.” She soon learned about Luke C. Moore (LCM) High School in Northeast, which affords truant and other troubled youth an alternative solution to completing their high school education and earning a diploma. She liked what LCM had to offer, especially its Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program or JROTC – which Baugh said she felt might help her to become more disciplined. Meanwhile, Kendra Hall had already dropped out of Spingarn Senior High School in Northeast Visit us online for daily updates and much more @ Informer Spelling Bee Kicks Off Page 10 Angela Davis Continues Fight against Injustice Page 14 after becoming pregnant. But even before, Hall, also now 20, often skipped school. “Sometimes, when I felt like going, I’d go,” Hall said with a shrug. “At other times, when I didn’t feel like going, I wouldn’t.” The turning point for Hall proved to be her older brother, Follow us on Annual Black Swim Meet Held Page 36 See moore on Page 8 and on DCTV 95 & 96

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