Meadows-Livingstone School teaches young African Americans about themselves and their cultural history
In the summer, most of the students go off to Camp Winnarainbow, the hippie-circus camp that Meadows calls "almost like an extension of our school." Many of the children have parents who attended the school, and when I ask if they're excited to graduate, all the kids frown and one says, "I don't want to leave!" Others are more calm at the question. The school provides a safe haven for bullied kids and a source of ethnic pride. One 12-year-old tells me that when he goes to middle school next year, he'll make new friends but, "I won't follow them if they do something bad." He sighs when I ask if he will be sad to leave. "Yeah," he says, "But we all have to move on."