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Michele Elam

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Why Black Firsts Matter

(14) Comments | Posted November 9, 2011 | 3:17 PM

Forty-five years ago this week, in a hot, crowded ballroom, a black boy sat atop his father's shoulders, peering above hundreds of others waiting to hear the newly elected African American senator from Massachusetts give his acceptance speech. Edward Brooke's win that night made him the first African American to...

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2010 Census: Think Twice, Check Once

(22) Comments | Posted March 8, 2010 | 11:53 AM

The federal government is taking a road trip, dubbed the 2010 Census Portrait of America Road Tour, to try to convince "hard-to-count audiences" to participate in this year's dicennial Census. One of those particularly hard-to-count groups are those who identify as racially mixed. Many will choose to take...

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