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Day: <span>July 16, 2009</span>

Farewell to a Hero

Like many Brooklynites, I knew the late Frank Mickens mostly by his reputation and good works.  He turned Boys & Girls High into a place that, more than any public school I have known, genuinely welcomed the outside world. Countless panel discussions, political town hall meetings, community celebrations and other gatherings were held there, notably […]readmore

Police Shooting of Shem Walker Sparks Outrage

The only thing known for sure is this:  A man was on the stoop of 370 Lafayette Avenue Saturday evening where the Walker family lived.  Because the Walker home is a few doors from a suspected drug house, Mr. Shem Walker was accustomed to shooing away loiterers from his property.  The drug-involved, or street people […]readmore

The Measure of a Man

One can only wonder how Frank Mickens, former principal of Boys & Girls High School, accomplished so much and touched so many in so short a time on earth.  Many answers rest with “Mick” who passed on Thursday, July 9, here in Brooklyn.  Just as many are alive in the memories and the work of […]readmore