Autumn 2019

Honoring the Kidd, Freedom Sandals, and the Portable School

Sticking Up For Children has three more pieces of good news from Autumn 2019.

One, the 'Honoring the Kidd' Concert in the New Orleans Jazz Museum's Theater, November 1, turned out great.

Kidd, you may know, is among the most committed of educators and the most

capable and inspired of improvising musicians. For more than 60 years he's

taught students music in Louisiana. Among his pupils are Roger Lewis, Donald

Harrison, Trombone Shorty (Troy Andrews), Christian Scott aTundé Adjuah,

and Courtney Bryan. He's also performed with Fred Anderson, Roy Brown,

Hamid Drake, REM, the World Saxophone Quartet, and William Parker's In Order

to Survive. Check out, please, the 'Honoring Kidd' tab for more of Kidd's record

and the esteem his co-evals hold for him.

The Concert was a very warm night. We hope to have an album from its performances available for lossless digital download soon. Thanks to Randy Fertel and anonymous donors for enabling SUFC and the New Orleans Jazz Museum / Louisiana Museum Foundation to benefit the great Louis "Satchmore" Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp. Here are just two of many dynamic stills from video by J.R., Devin, and Nathan.

Carl LeBlanc, Michael Torregano Jr., Marlon Jordan, Roger Lewis, Kirk Joseph, and Herlin Riley

into the Concert's first piece, "Kidd Jordan's Second-Line".

Carl, Kent Jordan, Michael, Don Paul, Kidd Jordan, Kirk, Roger, and Herlin into 'Maybe You See Horses Race with Birds ... Running across a Field'.

Two, Pop City NOLA hosted a Launch-Party for our Haitian student partners'

Freedom Sandals on November 14. Pop City's Rhonda Findley and Sali Rouse

and their colleagues are the first to present the students' Sandals in a Store.

Now the public has direct access! 940 Decatur in New Orleans' French Quarter!

Photo by Christina Harris at Pop City, NOLA, November 14, 2019.

Three,  a great and worlds-changing idea has arisen out of the crisis in Haiti now more than two months long.

It comes from Madame Marie-Marthe Balin Franck Paul, Principal of College

Canapé-Vert for 45 years and a former Mayor of Port-au-Prince and Secretary

of Education for Haiti. You can read about Madame in this profile by Le Nouvelliste from 2016. You can also see more of her in our 'Who We Are' tab.

Three,  a great and worlds-changing idea has arisen out of the crisis in Haiti now more than two months long.

It comes from Madame Marie-Marthe Balin Franck Paul, Principal of College

Canapé-Vert for 45 years and a former Mayor of Port-au-Prince and Secretary

of Education for Haiti. You can read about Madame in this profile by Le Nouvelliste from 2016. You can also see more of her in our 'Who We Are' tab.

Madame Paul is the author of a textbook in four languages (English, French,

Haitian Kréyol, and Spanish) that's distributed across Haiti in 110,000 copies

each year. Her Mon Livre Unique is the basis for learning that she proposes

can resumed and accomplished in Haiti even though protests there have kept

schools closed since early September.

How? The mobile-phones that are ubiquitous in Haiti--the WhatsApp service

that's likewise ubiquitous--the Mon Livre Unique textbook--and a team of educators from College Canapé-Vert, École Foyer Espoir, and elsewhere. Their

first step is teaching Mathematics for ages 4 through 10 through both audio

and visual means on WhatsApp. Voila, the Portable School / École Portable,

good anywhere.

You can imagine how widespread and healthy the uses of this approach can

be. Imagine, for one use, immigrants along borders who need instruction in

learning a language.

Much more on the Portable School in the near future. Sticking Up For Children has already received very positive response from potential partners.