Friday, February 22, 2008

Jesse Jackson for President? Shirley Chisholm?

While discussing the historic nature of this year's Democratic primary election -- a black candidate against a female candidate -- Hyon reminded me that we have had a black candidate for president before. Jesse Jackson was a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984, winning more than 12% of the vote. He did much better in 1988, when he won more than 31% of the vote at the Democratic Convention. Since then, he has continued working for peace and justice in the U.S. and throughout the world.

In addition, Hillary Clinton is not the first woman to run for president of the United States. Neither was Shirley Chisholm when she made her 1972 run for the Democratic presidential nomination. However, Shirley Chisholm was the first black woman presidential candidate. See a video of her announcing her candidacy for the Democratic nomination for president of the United Staes. Chisholm died in 2005.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Okay, ok, O.K.

If you want to know the etymology of a word or phrase, you want to know where it came from or how it got started. There are several stories about the origin of the word okay. Do an Internet search using the key words okay and etymology. Take notes about what you find for class discussion later today. Okey dokey?

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Presidents' Day

On Monday, February 18, banks and government offices will be closed in honor of Presidents' Day. However, ACC and Austin public schools do not have a holiday. We will have class on the 18th of February. Click here to read more about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. If you're feeling adventurous, take a Presidents' Day quiz.