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Original post made on Mar 10, 2023

BIKING THROUGH HISTORY ... Students and parents from three Palo Alto elementary schools observed Black History Month last weekend with bike rides that stopped at city landmarks connected to the history of the region's Black residents. Duveneck, El Carmelo and Escondido elementary schools took part in the event, which was organized by parent volunteers. The rides started at each elementary school and culminated at Frank S. Greene Jr. Middle School, which was renamed in 2018 in honor of one of the first Black founders of a publicly traded technology company. "This was an amazing opportunity to merge Black history with teaching kiddos bike safety," said El Carmelo parent Rose Mesterhazy, who is the transportation safety representative on her school's PTA. Roughly 60 parents and students participated, organizers said, noting that it was a higher-than-expected turnout, given the rainy weather. The event launched last year as a partnership between El Carmelo and Escondido, expanding to include Duveneck this year. Each school stopped at various locations, including the University African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church (a century-old Black church), the Eichler Swim and Tennis Club (Joseph Eichler sold his homes to people of all races in the 1950s) and Stanford's Black Community Services Center (established following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.). "It's important for people not just to associate Palo Alto with Steve Jobs. There's more than that," Duveneck parent Kwanza Price said. "Black people do have a history here. We do belong as much as anyone else."

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Posted by Courtney M
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Mar 10, 2023 at 9:27 pm

Courtney M is a registered user.

In the mention of Avi Gupta’s Jeopardy exit, he wrote “Go Card!,” and the Weekly explained: “…which was a reference to the Stanford Cardinals” (sic)
<Loud Buzzer>
Per Wikipedia, after the Indian mascot was officially dropped by Stanford University President Richard Lyman, upon objections from Native American students and a vote of the student senate.
And, “On November 17, 1981, school president Donald Kennedy declared that the athletic teams be represented by the color cardinal in its singular form.”
That’s right; in its singular form, Cardinal, not Cardinals. It was Cardinal for the very first Big Game, in 1892, it was Cardinal when my grandfather was captain of Stanford’s football (well, more akin to rugby, back in 1909) team. Kennedy was just reaffirming what the Cardinal has always been, singular.

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