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A Tour de Roosevelt chat with Julian Hipkins - A Dap Project Conversation
Experienced educator and school leader Julian Hipkins III organized the first annual Tour de Roosevelt, a community bike ride through the neighborhoods where Roosevelt students live.
The Tour was not just a great event to support the high school, but also a personal triumph for Hipkins. During the pandemic, his young daughter learned to ride a bike, and he found it increasingly harder to walk alongside her as her distance and speed increased.
After years away from the bike, he hopped back on, and soon began regular solo rides to clear his head. These rides connected to his earlier reading about biking infrastructure and community building, and sparked the idea for a community ride. The collective joy of a good ride helped to restore what the months of stress and isolation had broken.
The Dap Project chatted with Julian about what the ride meant to him, the influence of his Morehouse education, and the music that brings him joy.
Jonathan Tate of Food On The Stove - The Dap Project Conversation
Over the past 10 years, 44% of firefighters who died in the line of duty suffered from a cardiac event. The life expectancy of firefighters is 10-15 years lower than other public servants. Jonathan Tate was unaware of these statistics when he joined the department nine years ago, or when he began Food on the Stove (@foodonthestove) four years ago.
What did he know? Jonathan knew that three heart attacks and cancer had taken his father’s life just nine years into retirement. He knew that changing his own diet could prevent this fate. He then felt called to share what he learned with his crew.
But who was he, a rookie, to tell his colleagues what to eat? He wasn’t even eating with the station, having chosen to stick with the health-conscious diet he’d developed instead of the tasty-but-unhealthy meals the company typically ate. Further, what money did he even have to buy these steaks, broccolini, and sweet potatoes?
Tate’s definition of resilience doesn’t call for him to have all the answers, he explained, but to lean hard on his faith. In our next conversation on resilience, he tells us how he went from happy party promoter to passionate health advocate and non-profit leader of Food on the Stove.
Myron Long & Brandon Johnson of The Social Justice School - A Conversation with The Dap Project
To celebrate Back to School after an unprecedented 18 months away, we are reposting our conversation with Myron Long and Brandon Johnson, founding leaders of the DC-based Social Justice School. We explore the lessons they learned as students that inform their philosophy as educators. The principles are appropriate for this moment: respect for the past, courage to design a just future.
Nife Olufosoye of Black Futures Lab - A Conversation with The Dap Project
Nife Olufosoye approached middle school basketball tryouts confidently. Dribbling looked easy, and he had a Vince Carter poster hung in his bedroom for good luck. Nife’s earning a spot on the B team -- not the A team he coveted -- was his first lesson in resilience. Off the court, he learned resilience as he and his mother, recent immigrants to the United States, pursued citizenship to the United States. Soon, he was politically engaged and applying the skills learned in sports to the task of building political power.
Nife is the Organizing Director for the Black Futures Lab. He tells us if we’re winning under the Biden Administration, and what would be his win of a lifetime.
Race Across America - The Dap Project Conversation with Skai Shadow
What does it take to cycle 3000 miles across America? Skai Shadow’s legs have finally recovered from completing the world’s toughest bike race, Race Across America. Fascinated, we asked him all the questions. Apparently there were months of intense training, sleep deprivation on the journey, and lots of uptown body funk. But there was that one night where Skai felt inspired to leap out of the moving car to cheer on his team mate as they cycled up a steep hill.
The night before Skai embarked on the race, he sat on the balcony of an AirBnB and meditated. “It was just so powerful,” he told us, “thinking of my journey, from where I started to where I am. I said, ‘Wow, my God. This cycling thing can really take you far, if you let it.’ ”
Parable Of The Sower - TDP Be Reading - Book Talk
Enjoy listening to our reflections on Octavia Butler’s prophetic Parable of the Sower. With guest Brandan Wilburn Herbert, we discuss poignant characters and their relationships, symbolism, and the meaning of Earthseed.
Reading has the power to change the reader. We discuss how reading the Parable of the Sower changed us.
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