“What These Streets Mean to Me.”

“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.

A street, by definition is: American Heritage Dictionary



    1. Abbr. St. A public way or thoroughfare in a city or town, usually with a sidewalk or sidewalks.
    2. Such a public way considered apart from the sidewalks: Don’t play in the street.
    3. A public way or road along with the houses or buildings abutting it: lives on a quiet street.
  1. The people living, working, or habitually gathering in or along a street: The whole street protested the new parking regulations.
  2. Street A district, such as Wall Street in New York City, that is identified with a specific profession. Often used with the.
  3. The streets of a city viewed as the scene of crime, poverty, or dereliction.
  4. The common public viewed as a repository of public attitudes and understanding.

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