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December's Heroes and Sheroes


This month we commemorate the birthday of Albert Leroy Robinson AKA “King Kamau”, born Dec. 5, 1955 in Rock Hill, South Carolina. King Kamau was an extraordinary principal and teacher at Roots Activity Learning Center. He began teaching Middle School in January 1985 and was a Teaching Principal from 1999-2005. During his tenure, Roots students achieved some of the highest standardized test scores in the city. King Kamau loved children, his family and his friends. He believed teaching and learning were teammates on every lifelong journey. In his leisure time he especially enjoyed reading, African Art, and traveling. Our dear beloved Baba Kamau made his ancestral transition December 31, 2005.

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We also celebrate the birthday of our living “Shero” stage-trained actress, Cicely Tyson. Ms. Tyson was born in New York City on December 9, 1933. In the 60’s, like many gifted Black performers she established herself in theater, yet only more recently began landing worthy film roles for women of color. Television afforded this commanding actress many more rich opportunities such as, ‘Roots” and her Emmy-winning performance of “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman”. She continues to portray strong and courageous women in films like, “Sounder”, “King”,“ A Woman Called Moses” and more recently, films by Tyler Perry.

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