Editorial: Week's end
Didn’t this week feel a lot less panicked and intense?
This week’s end seems decidedly more relaxed.
No major cities shutting down to chase mad bombers. The Twitterverse went back to worrying about narcotics aboard Justin Bieber’s bus. George W. Bush unveiled a library containing actual books and machines that let YOU be The Decider.
And, here at home in the Bull City, we got some good news. Happy news. Plenty of it.
The Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau feted gospel icon Shirley Caesar at its annual luncheon. As The Herald-Sun’s Cliff Bellamy reported, Minnie Forte-Brown of Durham Public Schools’ Board of Education called the 11-time Grammy winner and a former City Council member “a home-grown faith warrior.”
Caesar, a Raleigh resident these days, was born in Durham in 1938 and graduated from Hillside High School. Her career as a performer started when she was 18, singing with The Caravans in Chicago.
Now, she leads the Mount Calvary Word of Faith Church and runs an outreach ministry that she funds with half the proceeds from her concerts..
Her career has taken her away from Durham over the years, but she keeps finding reasons to come back.
“I always come back home,” she said. “I love Durham. I thank God for this city.”
Meanwhile, great news for 5-year-old Alex Montoyo, son of Durham Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo.
Just a few weeks ago, we named Alex our Durham Grit Award recipient as he prepared to undergo his fourth open-heart surgery. If that surgery hadn’t gone well, he might have faced the prospect of a heart transplant.
On Friday, Steve Wiseman reported, Alex was home with his family in Arizona. The surgery appears to have been a success, although he does face six weeks of rehabilitation. After that, Alex and the rest of the Montoyo family may be able to join Charlie in Durham.
Our last bit of good news comes courtesy of Durham Public Schools and provides our recipient of the Durham Grit Award for this week: Durham School of the Arts.
In case you haven’t heard, DSA won recognition from U.S. News & World Report as the best high school in North Carolina and among the top 200 in the nation.
The rankings are based on school population diversity and participation and performance in advance placement tests.
“I think we have some really incredible teachers here and a lot of students that are very focused on doing their best,” said David Hawks, DSA principal, in comments to The Herald-Sun. “The kids at this high school are some of the most focused I’ve ever seen. They’re not arrogant; they’re just focused. They know they have to do the work if they’re going to be successful.”
Kudos to the community at DSA for this remarkable accomplishment and to DPS for demonstrating the excellence that’s possible in public schools.