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Theater isn’t generally thought of as a competitive school activity. While actors might compete against each other for a certain role, it’s rare to find entire play productions competing against each other. But that’s exactly what students at East High School are preparing to do with their one-act production of “The Diviners” by Jim Leonard Jr.
Several Duluthians received recognition for their work at the 2017 Twin Ports Martin Luther King, Jr. rally on Jan. 16. The Twin Ports MLK Holiday Committee and Duluth NAACP Drum Major for Peace Award recognizes citizens and organizations who have gone beyond their regular duties to build awareness, speak up for justice, celebrate diversity and work towards building a better future. The “Drum Major” refers to a speech King delivered in Atlanta two months before his 1968 assassination, in which he said:
Mary Lynch's Duluth Edison Charter Schools North Star middle school language arts classroom was abuzz with activity last Wednesday. Thirty students excitedly asked roaming adults questions while quickly sorting and placing playing cards on desks. "Wait, who starts then?" "I have the trump ... I think." "What do I do first?" "Did we play this board yet?"
The Duluth Trafficking Task Force, a collaborative of dozens of local organizations, hosted a community gathering at noon on Monday, Jan. 9 in Trepanier Hall to officially recognize January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month in Duluth.
It's been about a month since Stephan Witherspoon was elected president of the Duluth branch of the NAACP. "It's an honor. Mr. [Claudie] Washington served as the president for over 20 years. I'm up for the challenge," Witherspoon said in a recent phone interview.
It's been a little over four months since the the University of Minnesota Duluth's theater's final performance of "One River" on Oct. 2, yet student actor Kayla Peters is busy reviewing her lines. "It's slowly coming back," the UMD senior said. "I had to do the same thing last year when we took Spoon River to France. For some reason that one felt easier, but I'll get it. It's so exciting to bring a show you've already done to a new audience."
When Corinne Scott saw a notice in the newspaper for a class to help people with prediabetes make lifestyle changes, she jumped at the opportunity. "It was just what I needed. I was labeled as prediabetic by my doctor and I wanted to do what I could to turn it around," Scott said.
In a room filled with morning sunlight, dancers move without inhibition to a constant flow of rhythmic music. There is not routine to follow, no specific movements, no socks or shoes and no talking. This is ecstatic dance. "Ecstatic dance is barefoot, sober, freeform, judgement free community-oriented dancing," said SeanTayah (Sean) Hiwe, one of the founders of Ecstatic Dance Duluth, a free dance event offered from 10 a.m. to noon every Saturday at the Avalon Educational Institute, 404 W. Superior St.
Last January, I wrote my usual New Year’s Resolution story for the first 2016 issue of the Budgeteer. I decided I ought to come up with a resolution of my own. I’ve asked people about theirs three years in a row. How can I ask such a thing if I don’t make the attempt myself? Over Christmas weekend, I thought about what I could do that was attainable and consistent. I wanted to make sure I had someone to hold me accountable to my goal. I didn’t want to aim too high, but I didn’t want to make it too easy, either.
New Year's, for many, is a time to take stock of their lives and decide what changes (if any) individuals would like to make in the upcoming year. Often these changes come in the form of New Year's resolutions. The Budgeteer took to the streets on Dec. 28 to find out if Duluthians have made any resolutions for the coming year. Some Duluthians didn't have anything to resolve.