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Civil Rights Leader Ben Jealous Solves the Riddle of Racism in New Book

Prominent civil rights leader Ben Jealous’ new book, “Never Forget Our People Were Always Free: A Parable of American Healing,” hit stores on January 10. The youngest ever NAACP president and CEO explores the construct of race and the potential for our country to heal while reflecting on his own journey in politics and beyond.

Brother of 2 Girls Killed in MOVE Bombing Sues City, UPenn

The brother of two girls killed in a 1985 police bombing on the headquarters of a a Black Liberation group has filed a lawsuit against the city of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania, saying his sisters’ remains were mishandled and hidden away for decades causing the family extreme distress.

Opinion: Tell the Supreme Court – We Still Need Affirmative Action

One of the great joys of my life is teaching. I’m fortunate to teach classes on social justice at the University of Pennsylvania, one of the most respected schools in the country. Penn has a longstanding commitment to affirmative action, and I have seen first-hand how diversity in the classroom benefits all my students.

Big 10 taps Vikings’ Kevin Warren as new commissioner

The Big Ten hired Minnesota Vikings executive Kevin Warren as its new commissioner Tuesday, bringing on a former college basketball player and sports agent with a law degree from Notre Dame to replace Jim Delany and become the first black commissioner of a Power Five conference. The 55-year-old Warren has been the chief operating officer for the Vikings since 2015, the first African-American to hold that position for an NFL franchise. “I’m ready for the challenge. I’m excited. I’m energized,” he said at his introductory news conference. “But most of all, I’m grateful.” He will start Sept. 16 and work

Mumia Abu-Jamal Case Could Return to Spotlight

A court ruling this week puts the police murder case of former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal back in the spotlight years after it drew the attention of Amnesty International, Hollywood celebrities and death penalty opponents worldwide.

Study explores how black men find success in college

James Wanda, a senior at Pennsylvania’s Lafayette College and one of two black computer science majors in his class, says at times he has felt pressure to succeed not just for himself, but for his entire race.