At the foundation of all that we strive to establish at Eagle are our C.L.E.A.R Core Values.  There are four houses, each named after a prominent male that consistently exhibits confidence, leadership, effort, academic excellence and resilience in their respective fields of endeavor. Every scholar and staff member at Eagle Harlem is assigned a house. Houses are divided further into grade level advisories.
   
ALI HOUSEWhy do we have Muhammad Ali House? 

Muhammad Ali (born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr., January 17, 1942) is an American former professional boxer, generally considered among the greatest heavyweights in the sport's history. A controversial and even polarizing figure during his early career, Ali is today widely regarded not only for the skills he displayed in the ring but for the values he exemplified outside of it: religious freedom, racial justice and the triumph of principle over expedience.

Background
  • Born- January 17, 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky.
  • Occupation- Professional Boxer.
  • Nationality- African American.

Background (Professional career)

Born Cassius Clay, at the age of 22 he won the world heavyweight championship in 1964 from Sonny Liston in a stunning upset. Shortly after that bout, Ali joined the Nation of Islam and changed his name. He subsequently converted to Sunni Islam in 1975, and later to Sufism. In 1967, three years after winning the heavyweight title, Ali refused to be conscripted into the U.S. military, citing his religious beliefs and opposition to the Vietnam War. He was eventually arrested and found guilty on draft evasion charges and stripped of his boxing title. He did not fight again for nearly four years—losing a time of peak performance in an athlete's career. Ali's appeal worked its way up to the U.S. Supreme Court, where in 1971 his conviction was overturned. Ali would go on to become the first and only three-time lineal World Heavyweight Champion.

Notable Achievements
  • 1959-197: Muhammad Ali won 8 championship belts
  • 1990: He was inducted into the Boxing Hall of fame
 MANDELA HOUSE
Why do we have Nelson Mandela House? 

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela is a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary and politician who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the first black South African to hold the office, and the first elected in a fully representative, multiracial election.

Background
  • Mandela was born on 18 July 1918 in the village of Mvezo in Umtatu, then a part of South Africa's Cape Province.
  • Occupation- Anti-Apartheid Revolutionary Activist and Politician
  • Nationality- South African
Background (Professional career)

Mandela served 27 years in prison, first on Robben Island, and later in Pollsmoor Prison and Victor Verster Prison. An international campaign lobbied for his release, which was granted in 1990 amid escalating civil strife. He was elected President and formed a Government of National Unity in an attempt to defuse ethnic tensions. As President, he established a new constitution and initiated the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to investigate past human rights abuses. He declined to run for a second term, and was succeeded by his deputy Thabo Mbeki, subsequently becoming an elder statesman, focusing on charitable work in combating poverty and HIV/AIDS through the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Notable Achievements
  • 1993: Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his fight against oppression
  • 1994: Elected first black President of South Africa
  • Nelson Mandela has received more than 250 awards that are in every way honorable. Keys to cities, and honorary degrees.


HUGHES HOUSE
Why do we have Langston Hughes House? 

James Mercer Langston Hughes (February 1, 1902 – May 22, 1967) was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist. He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form jazz poetry. Hughes is best known as a leader of the Harlem Renaissance. He famously wrote about the period that "the negro was in vogue" which was later paraphrased as "when Harlem was in vogue”.

Background
  • Born on February 1, 1902 in Joplin, Missouri
  • Died on May 22, 1967 (aged 65) in New York City, New York,
  • Occupation- poet, columnist, dramatist, essayist, lyricist, novelist
  • Nationality- American
  • Ethnicity- African American, White American and Native American

Background (Professional Career)

Hughes published many poems, novels, short stories, works of non fiction, plays and childrens books. His extensive writings allowed him to receive many honors and awards between 1926 and 2002. He has schools and landmarks named after him and even has his face on our U.S. postal stamps.

Notable Achievements
  • 1926: Hughes won the Witter Bynner Undergraduate Poetry Prize.
  • 1935: Hughes was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, which allowed him to travel to Spain and Russia.
  • 1941: Hughes was awarded a felowship from the Rosenwald Fund.
  • 1943: Lincoln University awarded Hughes an honorary Litt.D.
  • 1954: Hughes won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award.

SCHOMBURG HOUSE
Why do we have Arturo Schomburg House? 

Arturo Alfonso Schomburg, also Arthur Schomburg (January 24, 1874 – June 8, 1938), was a Puerto Rican historian, writer, and activist in the United States who researched and raised awareness of the great contributions that Afro-Latin Americans and Afro-Americans have made to society. He was an important intellectual figure in the Harlem Renaissance. Over the years, he collected literature, art, slave narratives, and other materials of African history, which was purchased to become the basis of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, named in his honor, at the New York Public Library (NYPL) branch in Harlem.

Background
  • Born January 24, 1874 in Santurce, Puerto Rico
  • Died June 8, 1938 in Brooklyn, New York
  • Nationality-Puerto Rican
  • Political movement-Harlem Renaissance movement
Background (Professional Career)

1896, Schomburg began teaching Spanish in New York. From 1901 to 1906 Schomburg was employed as messenger and clerk in the law firm of Pryor, Mellis and Harris, New York City. In 1906, he began working for the Bankers Trust Company. Later, he became a supervisor of the Caribbean and Latin American Mail Section, and held that until he left in 1929. While supporting himself and his family, Schomburg began his intellectual work of writing about Caribbean and African-American history. His first known article, "Is Hayti Decadent?" was published in 1904 in The Unique Advertiser. In 1909 he wrote Placido, a Cuban Martyr, a short pamphlet about the poet and independence fighter Gabriel de la Concepción Valdéz.

Notable Achievements
  • 1926: Schomburg was appointed curator of the Schomburg Collection of Negro Literature and Art, named in his honor, at the 135th Street Branch (Harlem) of the Library.
  • 1931: Schomburg served as Curator of the Negro Collection at the library of Fisk University, Nashville, Tennessee, helping direct their acquisition of materials.