Federal funding is flat Although some folks are calling the president’s budget “skinny” because it lacks substance for Black education, there’s actually a silver lining for Historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in the federal spending plan. But turning the potential into actual dollars will require a paradigm shift in the way historically Black colleges and … [Read more...]
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It’s an unwelcome competition There are differences within diversity. This issue scratches below the superficial veneer of diversity and is an eerie reminder of how minority groups are often pitted against one another. This year’s Oscars were the most diverse in history. With six nominations for six African American-themed films and at least 10 Black actors and … [Read more...]
If you happened to have voted for the man who now occupies the White House, you may be feeling bamboozled right about now. The man who said that he wanted to take care of the little people, those who were forgotten by the elites, now wants to cut programs that affect these working-class people, ranging from Legal Aid to Meals on Wheels to housing assistance to job … [Read more...]
Fifty-one years ago, on March 24, 1966, the United States Supreme Court struck down the last poll taxes in this country. It was a victory for the American people and for the case’s lead plaintiff, Annie A. Harper, an elderly African American woman who could not afford to pay Virginia’s poll tax to cast her ballot. That spring, it looked like the United States was on its way … [Read more...]
When artist Dana Schutz presented Open Casket, an abstract painting of Emmett Till's open casket — the Chicagoan, 14-year-old African American male teen lynched in the Mississippi Delta in the summer of 1955 — she could not have fathomed the conflagration that erupted. The painting hangs at the Whitney Museum in New York City, but under the daily watchful eye of protesters … [Read more...]