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Letter from Paul Schwarz to James Forman, 1998

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Letter from Paul Schwarz to James Forman, 1998

Description

Letter from Paul Schwarz, then Principal in Residence of the United States Department of Education, to James Forman regarding his son, James [Forman, Jr.].

Subject

Forman, James, 1928-2005
Forman, James, 1967-
United States. Department of Education.

Creator

Schwarz, Paul

Source

JamesFormanLibraryCollection.Box 43.

Publisher

Queens College Department of Special Collections and Archives (New York, N.Y.)

Date

1998-03-11

Date Created

2013-05-20

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JPEG

Extent

53059 bits

Language

English

Type

Text

Spatial Coverage

Washington. D.C.

Text

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
THE DEPUTY SECRETARY

March II, 1998
Dear Mr. Foreman,
This is a letter from the Principal about your son, James. I'll bet you thought you were well past that stage of parenting with James!!!

I am Paul Schwarz, the Principal in Residence at the Department of Education. I have been a New York City Principal for l0 years and a teacher for twenty years before that and I am currently a part time faculty member at The Maya Angelou Charter School. I am also the father of three children and the grandfather of two and I write to you now as a parent identifying with you as a parent of grown children and celebrating your wonderful son. He is in a real sense a role model for me- a concrete reminder of how individuals can make a difference in the lives of children and, in fact, make the world a better place. In fact, as I contemplate what I will do next with my life I am reminded by James and David Dominici of the difference that individuals can make.

I know several young men and women, most of them happen to be people of color, who have created programs like the Maya Angelou School and are changing America person by person. Meeting them and supporting their work is one of the best parts of my work. I have three wonderful children of my own with strong deep values and they till me with pride. I like you I suspect, have had times when I have worried about them, times when they have given me heartache and concern but today they are happy and healthy and strong and doing things that are socially significant. Your son, and David, are heroes and I want to send along my sincerest congratulations on your parenting and raise a toast to your, son and his parents.

Sincerely
Paul Schwarz
Principal in Residence
600 INDEPENDENCE AVE S W WASHINGTON. D.C. 20202-Q500
Our mission is to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the Nation.

Original Format

Correspondence
8.5 x 11 inches (216 x 279 mm)
Paper

Citation

Schwarz, Paul, “Letter from Paul Schwarz to James Forman, 1998,” Queens College Civil Rights Archives, accessed May 17, 2022, http://archives.qc.cuny.edu/civilrights/items/show/157.

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