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Sat Dec 21, 2019, 02:31 AM

Nestled in a poor Dallas neighborhood, Paul Quinn College aims to be a national model for overcoming

Nestled in a poor Dallas neighborhood, Paul Quinn College aims to be a national model for overcoming poverty

By Carrington Tatum, Texas Tribune


DALLAS — On a recent Sunday night, Paul Quinn College president Michael Sorrell kicked off an hourlong, unstructured group discussion during his problem-solving course with a question.

“What’s on your mind?” he asked the class composed of the school’s top 18 students.

Sophomore LaMontria Edwards promptly asked a question about Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War,” the ancient and seminal Chinese text about war and strategy assigned to the class. She inadvertently launched a meandering discussion that touched on everything from ancient Greek historians to reparations for American slavery and inequality in the modern criminal justice system.

Students then dove into a discussion about Rodney Reed, the Texas prisoner largely believed to be innocent of the murder that landed him on death row and who, at the time, was days away from an execution that has since been halted. Sorrell turned their analysis of the case, catapulted into the national consciousness thanks in part to celebrities’ posts on social platforms, into an impromptu lecture on media literacy.

Read more: https://www.texastribune.org/2019/12/19/how-dallas-paul-quinn-college-became-americas-first-urban-work-college/

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Sat Dec 21, 2019, 03:40 AM

1. This is such a good article.

I like the concept behind Paul Quinn College and found interesting the use of “The Art of War” and repurposing the former football field. Thanks for posting.

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