“The streets that nurtured me made sure
that I’d never go too far.”
I grew up during my critical years walking the streets of Maplewood. At the time I graduated, Lauryn Hill, a South Orange resident and an alumnus of our HS, gave my graduating class, the class of 2000, an anthem: Lauryn Hill “Every Ghetto, Every City” – or maybe just me.
When Lauryn Hill released her debut album she was considered very controversial by our community. I was oblivious to that at 16.
My most vivid memory growing up in Maplewood. I remember sitting in the audience at 16 watching the lady on stage give her acceptance speech after being elected into the CHS Hall Of Fame. Lauryn wasn’t singing, but her star power radiated throughout the room. Listening to her CD began my own miseducation (albeit different), courtesy of her experience growing up in the South Orange-Maplewood School District.
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