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Breaking the Gubernatorial Glass Ceiling
September 14, 2018
In the 240-year history of the United States, four African American men have presided as the chief executive of a state or commonwealth. Only two were elected in their own right – Deval Patrick of Massachusetts, in 2006, and Douglas Wilder of Virginia, in 1989. David Paterson of New York was elevated to the office upon the resignation of Eliot Spitzer in 2008 ... read more »
West Virginia State University Honors NASA Mathematician
August 31, 2018
West Virginia State University has honored NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson with a bronze statue and scholarship dedication on the eve of her 100th birthday. ... read more »
Use of the ‘N-Word’ is Far From the Only Measure of Racism
August 30, 2018
Omarosa Manigault Newman, the president’s former aide, claims there is a tape of him using the vile racial slur. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she “can’t guarantee” that a tape doesn’t exist. Trump tweeted, “I don’t have that word in my vocabulary.” The press pursued the question as if this would establish for one and for all whether Trump is a racist. ... read more »
America’s Teachers Need More Community, Parental Support
August 27, 2018
The latest data from the Center for American Progress shows that the average salary for an attorney is more than two times that of elementary and middle school educators. The Washington Post reported last week that nearly 1 in 10 hosts who rent out their apartments, homes and spaces on Airbnb are teachers. Low salaries, compared with other college graduates, may inhibit highly-effective professionals from pursuing a career in education; specifically for people of color who currently make up just seven percent of public school teachers. ... read more »
Children on the Front Lines
August 23, 2018
I am so proud of the Freedom Schools scholars who have learned they are following in the footsteps of children and youths who were the foot soldiers and infantry of the Civil Rights Movement. Some of their stories from the Movement are well known: six-year-old Ruby Bridges in New Orleans walked through White mobs to attend school—even praying for those jeering at her; the Little Rock Nine; the four little girls killed in the bombing of Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church. Thousands of children were on the frontlines of history. Whether sung or unsung heroes, we owe all of them a debt of gratitude. ... read more »
Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun
August 13, 2018
For movies opening August 17, 2018. ... read more »
Lynching Memorial Draws 100,000 Visitors in First 3 Months
August 9, 2018
The National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery shares stories about some of the 4,400 Black people slain in lynchings and other racial killings between 1877 and 1950. The names of those killed, if they are known, are engraved on 800 steel columns, with copies to be adopted by each U.S. county where lynchings happened. ... read more »
State AGs to DeVos: Work with, Not Against, State Law Enforcement
July 26, 2018
Starting last summer, student loan servicers like Navient have been lobbying DeVos to shield them from liability for their practices. And it’s worked. Despite objections from a bi-partisan group of Attorneys General (AGs), the National Association of Governors, and the Conference of State Bank Supervisors, DeVos and the Department of Education have increasingly made it more difficult for state and federal law enforcement agencies to do their jobs by retracting information sharing agreements with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and instructing servicers not share student loan information with state law enforcement and banking supervisors. ... read more »
GOP Lawmaker Counters Racism Claims With “My Son is Named After a Black Guy”
July 12, 2018
The accusations stemmed from whether Taylor would show support of Virginia GOP Senate candidate Corey Stewart who has been accused of problematic rhetoric. ... read more »
Parental Engagement Secret to Academic Success
June 21, 2018
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), speaks specifically to parent and family engagement. Data highlighted examples of the successful impact parents can have when they are present in their child’s school. ... read more »
Dorothy Cotton, Civil Rights Pioneer and MLK Colleague, Dies
June 14, 2018
Cotton died Sunday afternoon at the Kendal at Ithaca retirement community in New York, said Jared Harrison, a close friend who was at her bedside. Harrison said she had battled illnesses recently but didn't specify a cause of death. ... read more »
Discovering the Best of Black America in 2018
May 17, 2018
There is an old African proverb that says, “What you seek, you will surely find.”  We live in a world where the news cycle continues to decrease, because of innovations in communications technology.  Yes, we are living in the fast-paced digital age. The high-velocity delivery and transmission of news and information, however, may or may not produce authentic or accurate facts or simply the truth. ... read more »
Democrats, Black Candidates Win Historic Victories on Election Night
November 16, 2017
Black Candidates Win Big on November 7 ... read more »
National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. regarding Acts of Hatred in Charlottesville, Virginia
August 25, 2017
We also continue to pray for the healing of all others who were injured during this tragic event. ... read more »
50 years after Loving, 1 in 6 new couples are racially mixed
June 15, 2017
Although the racist laws against mixed marriages are gone, several interracial couples said they still get nasty looks, insults and sometimes even violence when people find out about their relationships. ... read more »
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