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David Johnson began his Silent Images presentation with a purpose and a conversation about the world– by presenting iconic images known globally to depict how photography and its beauty can cause a profound impact on issues affecting millions around the world. He challenged us to look our stereotypes squarely in the eye and to drop our assumptions at the door. Mr. Johnson has traveled to over 20 countries with his camera and his film equipment, documenting genocide, famines, human trafficking, and poverty. The elusive dangers of slums and the tightly patrolled borders don’t stop this man from helping those in South Sudan, Darfur, and Rwanda to document the story behind every action and every pleading pair of eyes. He searches to respond creatively by showing not only the plights and disasters, but the potential and ability that those in war and poverty possess. His favorite photographs are not those with perfect lighting or the ideal setting – they are the ones that reveal the powerful story behind the individual.
David Johnson didn’t just give us a glimpse of the international stage – he brought to our knowledge our own city of Charlotte, on of the top ten cities for human trafficking in the US. Human trafficking in our country makes more money than all of Nike, Starbucks, and Target combined. His outreach “Get off Our Donkey” emphasizes that injustice can be fought right here in North Carolina, and much closer than we think.
As the first school to see his documentary of this problem, we were soon to see that our greatest enemy is apathy. We were challenge to look beyond the media and into the world. A quote from Mr. Johnson’s fellow African friend impacted our realities as students, staff, and the future generation of this world: “You Americans own all the fancy watches, but the Africans own the time.” It’s essential that we educate ourselves as well as others, and make the best of every moment we have to impact the world creatively.
Marvin Ridge Football Program Announces New Head Coach
This past week, Marvin Ridge High School announced the selection of Dr. Daniel Bailey as head football coach. Dr. Bailey brings a wealth of experience and vision to the Mavericks, having previously held head coaching positions in both North and South Carolina. Through his passion for football as well as strength and conditioning, he seeks to build winners for life in the classroom and on the field. Dr. Bailey believes collaboration, communication, and commitment are the core values for building a successful program at Marvin Ridge.
Principal Tim Conner and Athletic Director Kevin Allran welcomed Coach Bailey formally at a meet and greet for the community on Thursday, May 9th at MRHS. Special guests, BOE member Marce Savage and UCPS Athletic Director Doug Jones were present to welcome Dr. Bailey. The Administration and staff welcome his leadership and look forward to the new season. Earlier that day, the head coach was announced to the football coaching staff and then to the players at the high school. Dr. Bailey thanked all of the coaching staff and the players for this opportunity. Dr. Bailey spoke of the importance of working together and of building winners for life.
There will be a football meeting for all students, and their parents, interested in playing football next year on Monday, May 13th at 6:30 in the auditorium. This is an informational meeting where Dr. Bailey will discuss program philosophy, expectations, and the calendar of events. The meeting will start promptly and 6:30 pm and ALL football players and parents are strongly encouraged to attend.