Spring 2020 Edition: The Pittsburgh Press

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This year's theme: "Valiant Women of the Vote." Did you know Shirley Chisholm became the first African-American and woman to run for president?

Politics + Pop Culture..........................Page 4 Arts + Entertainment...........................Page 4 Science + Technology...........................Page 5 Health + Sports....................................Page 5 Travel + Lifestyles................................Page 6

Cool grades with scattered, inspirational community stories

Funnies + Games.................................Page 6

The eyes and ears of Gideons Elementary School for our neighborhood's first and only newspaper

Vol. 1 Issue 3


January-May 2020


HAPPY FOR BLACK HISTORY 2020 is an election year and milestone year for voting rights. Across the United States of America, Black History is themed "African Americans and the vote." It's the 150 th anniversary of the 15th Amendment (1870). This amendment gave Black men the right to vote after the Civil War. This year is also the 100 th anniversary of the 19th Amendment (1920), which gave women the right to vote. More historical highlights, Page 3

5 neighborhood causes classmates can fight for like MLK did in the '60s

7 f am ou s qu ot es

By Th e Pit t sbu r gh Pr ess 3r d-gr ader s The Pittsburgh Community is our home, but we want more peace and pride. This list has demands we want to see changed:

Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.




Famous Black quotes, Page 8

Attitude changes: We don't want to hear kids using bad words; Bullying changes: We don't want kids feeling




angry or sad; Stealing, violence changes: We don't want to live around liars or die young; Littering changes: We don't like to see our streets dirty; and Recycling changes: We don't want people polluting anymore.

Photo by Demario Hunnicutt

Fun Black culture sites for students to search Com m unity Cor ner Fr om st af f r epor t s Discovering great Black inventors and intellects is just a click away. These interactive sites have some of the coolest games to play and lessons to learn about past and present heroes: -

PBS.com: "Hero Maker " and "Hidden Heroes" Kids.NationalGeographic.com: "African-American Heroes"


BrainPop.com: "George Washington Carver " Lol.Disney.com: "Marvel Rising Memory Match"

Th e Black Pan t h er Par t y was a national group formed in 1966 by activists Bobby Seale and Huey P. Newton. Their mission: empower Black communities. The party also demanded better housing, education, employment and treatment against police brutality across the United States, including Atlanta.

Act-Up Theater Troupe performs Decatur Book Festival By Th e Pit t sbu r gh Pr ess 4t h - an d 5t h -gr ader s inspiring Black History Show By Daejah Nich ols| Lif est yles Edit or Photos by Jessiana Holloway

The Decatur Book Festival will take place Sept. 4 through 6, 2020, in Atlanta to share different kinds of books from around the world. "We put our ideas together at our Southern churches," said Joy Pope-Alandete, interim executive director of the festival. "Authors come from everywhere to Decatur to present their books and give ideas." The Black History Program performers acted out important figures in history to teach students about famous African-Americans. The Feb. 28 theme for 2020 was "Black Excellence."

"It was perfect," said fourth-grader Tanidya Harrison. "It almost made me cry."

and songs. It was the last show Stewart Center teacher Ms. Von directed, who moved.

The show celebrated Historical Black Colleges and Universities by dances, stomp routines

"I loved it," said fourth-grader Cassie Lagon. "It was beautiful."


Why is Black History important for us to know about all year?

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The festival attracts 60,000 people each year. Last year, it had 131 author sessions. Important people like politician Stacey Abrams even attend the event. This year, the festival has track themes for the authors. "Civic discourse is a new track we will have," she said. "We will have tracks like black women writers and Southern literature, too." After 2020, the festival will move to October in 2021, because it's really hot in Georgia in September. The event is free. Go to decaturbookfestival.com to learn more.

Thank you Ruby Bridges By Th e Pit t sbu r gh Pr ess 1st - an d 2n d-gr ader s Photo by Kaiden Wise

Ruby Bridges was one of the first Black Americans to go to a segregated school. We wouldn't be in our school if she didn't go for us first. She was a brave little girl. When students and parents threatened her, she ignored them and kept learning. We want to thank you Ruby Bridges.

Teachers told The Pittsburgh Press reporters about the meaning of Black History. Here's what they had to say: M s. M ar r it t : "It is very important to know where we came from." M s. Tah p: "Black history is our foundation. It teaches us about our beginning, middle and end so we know where we came from and where we are going." M s. Cooper : "Our ancestors died so we can have Black History. They gave us the materials to have Black History, so we should celebrate us."


M s. Poplu s: "It means pride, heritage, excellence, history and beauty."

Advertising with us goes toward new equipment, explorations

M s. Pat t er son : "Black history is a time to embrace our culture."

Email journalism.stewartcenter@gmail.com for details.

M s. Edw ar ds: "It means celebrating ourselves."


The Pittsburgh Press Team Fou n ded | 2017 Pu blish er | Andrew P. Stewart Center

TI M EL I NE OF EVENTS: 10 huge Black Histor y highlights to respect, remember By Th e Pit t sbu r gh Pr ess 1st - an d 2n d-gr ader s

Edit or In Ch ief | Candace Dantes New s Edit or | Demario Hunnicutt Spor t s Edit or | Simone Brown Healt h Edit or | Jessiana Holloway Tech n ology Edit or | Madison Banks En t er t ain m en t Edit or | Suri Miller Booker T. Washington

Rosa Parks

Nelson Mandela

Scien ce Edit or | Jayla Holloway Lif est yles Edit or s | Areona Mitchell, Daejah Nichols

Repor t er s & Wr it er s

1820: Harriet Tubman was

1909: The civil rights organization

born. She helped Blacks escape from slavery through The Underground Railroad.

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People formed.

1847: Fredrick Douglass

1954: The U.S. Supreme Court

publishes the first edition of The North Star newspaper.

declared segregation in schools unconstitutional (against the law).

1865: The 13th Amendment

1955: Rosa Parks was arrested for

formally outlaws slavery.

sitting in the front of a bus meant for white riders only.

All 1st- through 5th-graders Ph ot ogr aph er s All 1st- through 5th-graders Copy Edit or s All 1st- through 5th-graders Pagin at or Candace Dantes

Adver t isin g an d Cir cu lat ion Andrew P. Stewart Center | Journalism Studio

Con t act Us journalism.stewartcenter@gmail.com

1881: Booker T. Washington opens the Tuskegee Institute near Tuskegee, Alabama.

1905: Robert S. Abbott published newspaper Chicago Defender to encourage Black people to move North.

1963: Martin Luther King Jr. made his "I Have a Dream" speech in Washington, D.C.

1994: Nelson Mandela became the first black president of South Africa.

Abou t Th e Pit t sbu r gh Pr ess We?re the eyes and ears of Kindezi at Gideons Elementary and for The Pittsburgh Community in Atlanta, Georgia. Formerly known as The Wolf Howl (since that's our mascot), we changed our name to The Pittsburgh Press during the 2019-2020 academic year. We wanted to connect to our student body and neighborhood more. We cover, educate and share breaking school news, events and milestones. Our quarterly school paper is part of nonprofit organization Andrew P. Stewart Center (APSC). APSC operates its Journalism Studio at Gideons Elementary.

APSC serves children and families living in The Pittsburgh Community. The center provides educational initiatives, spiritual enrichment, wellness resources and housing solutions.

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Customer service with a sincere smile By Th e Pit t sbu r gh Pr ess 1st - an d 2n d-gr ader s M r . Ru ssell Godw in cleans our school every day. He keeps a smile on his face all the time. "My smile is a gift from God," he said. He has worked in the school system for two years. "I treat people nice," Godwin said, "and how I want be treated." If you see him in the hall, tell Photo by Kaiden Wise him "thank you" for his hard work and kind heart.

CA LLI NG A LL FEM A LE CODERS: Girls! Do you love playing video games, creating virtual worlds or searching fashion sites? If yes, yes and definitely yes, you need to join the Andrew P. Stewart Center 's first-ever Girls Who Code Club. The club is part of a global movement to get more girls into computing. And if you know how to code, you're guaranteed a good job that pays awesome money when you get older. Sign up by stopping by the Stewart Center 's Computer Science Studio (Room: 2330) from 2 to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.


Politics + Pop Culture

How Barack Obama became 1st black prez By Dem ar io Hu n n icu t t | New s Edit or If you don't know who Barack Obama is, you have been living under a rock. Obama made history when he became the first Black president of the United States of America. His wife, Michelle Obama, became the first Black woman to serve as First Lady. He was born in Hawaii on Aug. 4, 1961. He attended law school and became senator of Illinois. His hard work earned him a Noble Peace Prize. He was elected as president Nov. 4, 2008. He served two terms from 2009 to 2017. He always gave Americans hope and change with his popular slogan, "Yes, we can!" Photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

Arts + Entertainment

Why we must 'still rise' in literature

Will Sm ith a s a nim a ted sup er sp y

By Su r i M iller | En t er t ain m en t Edit or

Illustration by Monique Aimee

The late Maya Angelou was a famous Black American poet, author, journalist and civil rights activist. Angelou was also an accomplished speaker.

She is famous for her memoir, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," because it made literary history as the first nonfiction bestseller by an African-American woman.

Thanks to Angelou's courage, she has been strong enough to help other people through the power and lessons of her stories and poetry.

Tyler Perry Studios 'Black Panther' breaks marvel movie records Fr om st af f r epor t s

Image courtesy of Tyler Perry Studios

Tyler Perry

Guess what: Our school is just 9 minutes away from Tyler Perry Studios. It's a 330-acre lot that films popular Black TV shows and movies out right now.

"Black Panther " shattered the Box Office when it hit movie theaters around the world. The groundbreaking film crushed its competition with this history-making amount since opening in 2018:

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Will Smith

The Pittsburgh Press went to the movies to watch Will Smith's "Spies in Disguise" on Jan. 18, 2020.

The movie was about high-ranking agent Lance Sterling (played by actor Will Smith) and inventor Walter Beckett (played by Tom Holland) going on a mission to protect the public from evil drones. Unfortunately, agent Sterling was framed and turned into a pigeon.

$1.3 Billion : The amount of money the movie earned worldwide because it was so awesome!


How? You will have to go to the movies to see how he turned into a pigeon and cleared his name.

Science + Technology

Health + Sports

I nventions George Washington Carver created that students use to this very day

Meet the legendary 'freak of nature' in gym nastic history By Sim on e Br ow n | Spor t s Edit or s

By Jayla Hollow ay | Scien ce Edit or George Washington Carver was a successful inventor and agricultural chemist. In the South, he taught and researched new farming ways of using the peanut and sweet potatoes. He ended up using them to create hundreds of different products like dyes, plastic, soap and skin lotion. Carver 's work helped farmers in rural America.

Top photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe

Simone Biles takes acrobats to another level. She is the most decorated American gymnast. Biles has so many Olympic and World Championship medals. She performs stunts her competition can't do. Her difficult flips are even named after her.

N ASA sup er sta r tur ned into Hollywood hit By M adison Ban k s | Tech n ology Edit or

BET YOU DIDN'T KNOW: Fourth-grader Tiana Stillwell is the first and only girl to play and start on Gideons Elementary's basketball team. She's the point guard. Photo by Mikeal Ussery


Fifth-grader Suri Miller is the great-granddaughter of Annette Anderson, who ran track with Olympian Wilma Rudolph. Both attended Tennessee Agricultural and Industrial State University together in the 1950s.

The late Katherine Coleman Johnson was an American mathematician. She figured out paths that got astronauts to the moon.

Suri Miller 's great-grandma in dark on the end, Rudolph beside her.

Jackie Joyner-Kersee: Image of health in sports

Because of her brilliant math skills, Johnson was one of the first African-American women to work for NASA as a scientist. She lived for 101 years. Hollywood honored her in the movie "Hidden Figures." There's even a Barbie doll that celebrates her genius. She died Feb. 24, 2020.

By Jessian a Hollow ay| Healt h Edit or

TrailblazingTechExpert: EzraW illiams Fr om st af f r epor t s The Stewart Center's computer science educator, Ezra Williams, became Georgia State University's first and only Black woman to graduate with a master's degree in computer science during 2018. The tech expert now teaches computer science from early childhood education to higher education. Her Stewart Center wiz kids will show off their mobile app designs Wednesday, May 13, in Gideons' Media Center.

Jackie Joyner-Kersee became one of the greatest track stars in American history. She won three gold medals and many national titles in the sport. She is the first participant to score more than 7,000 points in

Photo by JaKhia Thrasher


the heptathlon. She's also the first American woman to win an Olympic gold medal in the long jump. Joyner-Kersee is known for how healthy she is and her dedication to fitness.

Travel + Lifestyles

Bla ck m od els who b r ok e r unwa y b a r r ier s By Ar eon a M it ch ell an d Daejah Nich ols | Lif est yles Edit or s These two supermodels have traveled the world and made catwalk history.

She appeared on covers and in campaigns in the mid 1990s.

Alek Wek is a model best known as one of the first mainstream dark-skinned African models to appear in fashion magazines. Her skin is flawless.

Naomi Campbell is a London model, actress and businesswoman.

Alek Wek

She started modeling at age 15. Campbell became the first Black woman to grace

the cover of French Vouge at age 18. Both Wek and Campbell are

Funnies + Games


Naom i Cam pbell

legendary Black supermodels and beauty icons.

Pun Fun: Jokes to play with parents

By M or r ie Tu r n er

QUESTION: Wh at st ays in a cor n er yet t r avels t h e w or ld? ANSWER: A stamp

The late cartoonist Morrie Turner created "Wee Pals" during the 1960s. The comic strip appeared in more than 100 newspapers. Through "Wee Pals," the Oakland, California, artist developed a world without prejudice and that celebrated ethnic differences. In 1965, the comic strip also became the first multi-ethnic cartoon syndicated in America.




















QUESTION: Wh y do bees h ave st ick y h air ? ANSWER: Because they use a honeycomb

QUESTION: Wh at did zer o say t o eigh t ? ANSWER: Nice belt


The Pittsburgh Press designs newspaper and other themed lapel pins to help support field trips and buying new equipment. They're only $2 each. Email journalism.stewartcenter@gmail.com to place your order today.

I nternational News

5 African-American musical artists adored globally M u si c i s u n i v er sal . Th ese m u si ci an s h av e f an s ar ou n d t h e pl an et . Fr om st af f r epor t s

Michael Jackson

Tina Turner


James Brown

Whitney Houston

Teaching from China t o Pit t sburgh After-school educator drops album By Th e Pit t sbu r gh Pr ess 3r d-gr ader s featuring Stewart Center students Stewart Center 's Kaja Shears taught Chinese students for three years in Beijing. ?At first I didn?t understand the language,? said Shears. ?I had Chinese friends to help me.? Shears flew 13 hours to

go teach in China. ?I had a great time,? she said. ?I taught 16 students while I was there.? Before she left, she got Chinese clothes to bring home.

By Th e Pit t sbu r gh Pr ess 1st - an d 2n d-gr ader s Ms. Von sings. She dropped her album called "Butterflies" Jan. 11, 2020. She has the Stewart Center kids on the album.

?China is a beautiful place,? she said. ?I had fun there.?

FUN FACT: China is home t o roughly 1.4 billion people.

"I named the album 'Butterflies'

music is always changing."

because butterflies change," she said. "My

She has 10 songs on the album. It's on SoundCloud. Stewart Center photographer Elijah did the art.

PUPIL POLL: Who is the greatest basketball player of all time? Micha el Jor d a n or LeBr on Ja m es? Com piled by Th e Pit t sbu r gh Pr ess 3r d-gr ader s

Ms. Redding: MJ. He's just so good.

Dr. Brown: LeBron. He has more achievements.

Ms. Emauri: LeBron. He does more than just basketball.

Ms. Devin: LeBron. I feel he's more diverse as a player.

Za'Nya: LeBron. He's really good.

Ms. Bria: MJ. Because I'm from Chicago.

Mr. Price: MJ. He's very driven and a hard-working man.

Ms. Stephanie: LeBron. He has better stats.

Ms. Jessica: MJ. He's a great player.

5 to 4 Ou r pu pil poll sh ow ed t h at m or e st u den t s an d t each er s believe LeBr on is t h e gr eat est player of all t im e.

Opr ah Win f r ey: She is a billionaire media executive and magazine publisher best known for hosting her hit talk show, "The Oprah Winfrey Show," between 1986 and 2011. The show became the highest-rated talk show in history. After that, she launched her own TV network called OWN. The Mississippi-born broadcast journalist came from a small farming community and ended up becoming the first Black female billionaire in 2003.


Famous quotes from Black leaders, role models From the front page


Rem em b er ing Kob e Br ya nt Fr om st af f r epor t s Former Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant, 41, died in a helicopter crash Jan. 26, 2020, in California. His 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, died in the crash alongside him. Bryant entered the NBA before every student at Gideons Elementary was born.

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. ? Pr of ession al Boxer M UHAM M AD ALI When they go low, we go high. ? For m er Fir st Lady M ICHELLE OBAM A There is no educator to compare to the press. ? Jou r n alist IDA B. WELLS There is no way a nation can call itself free and accept slavery. ? Abolit ion ist FREDERICK DOUGLASS

Drafted in 1996 by the Charlotte Hornets, Bryant became the youngest player in history to join the league at age 17. The Hornets traded Bryant to the Lakers. He played for the Lakers for 20 years before retiring 2016. He scored more than 33,000 points in his career. He earned five championships. In his final game of his career, he scored 60 points against the Jazz. He is survived by his wife and three other daughters. The public held a celebration late February.

Surround yourself only with people who are going to take you higher. ? M edia M ogu l OPRAH WINFREY If you can't fly, run. If you can't run, walk. If you can't walk, crawl. But by all means, keep moving. ? Civil Righ t s Act ivist DR. M ARTIN LUTHER KING JR.

L to R: Kobe playing MJ; Kobe with daughter Gianna; and Kobe against King James.

Changing our neighborhood from food desert to food destination

Defying Gravity

By TĂŠgan Hou st on | Con t r ibu t in g Wr it er

an Act-Up Theater Troupe Production

Photos courtesy of Youth Centers for Change LLC

Pittsburgh Community members are cleaning up the neighborhood to make room for fresh fruits and vegetables. Project leader Dr. Marvin Brown is creating a garden with Gideons Elementary and Ariel Bowen Church as a way to help with healthier eating. "It's important for kids to produce and become healthy in our community," said Brown, who is also executive director of Youth Centers for Change LLC.

Top: Garden partners Stewart Center Journalism Educator Candace Dantes, Youth Centers for Change Executive Director Dr. Marvin Brown and professional videographer Deshon Graddy.

Middle: The Pittsburgh Press student journalists helping with the project. Bottom: Community member Douglas Dean clearing the garden.

Changing the narrative about Black children and starting the conversation

"I hope the garden creates a new space for the community to grow their own food."

April 22 | 5:30 p.m. | Auditorium