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Brown v Board of Education

A Group Of Bronx Teens Are Trying To Transform New York City's Segregated Schools

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 06.13.2016 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Spending a day at an affluent, mostly white high school in Brooklyn led Bronx Academy of Letters student Shania Russell to grapple with so...

Dear Department of Justice: The Constitution Does Not End at the Schoolhouse Doors and Plessy v. Ferguson Was Overturned - Right?

Gwen E. Samuel | Posted 05.25.2016 | Black Voices
Gwen E. Samuel

Black, Brown and poor communities across the United States deserve your commitment to "ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans," this includes ensuring equity in education because the constitution does not end at the school house door and you do know Plessy v. Ferguson was overturned, right!

Brown v. Board of Education at 62

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 05.19.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

The problem is not new, but it has gone underground. After the wars over bussing in the 1970s and '80s, concern for school desegregation has been replaced with vague commitments to improve the schools attended by minority students.

Black And Latino Students Lose Out To White Peers. And It's Getting Worse.

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 05.17.2016 | Politics

It has been 62 years since Brown v. Board of Education made segregated schools unconstitutional. Yet the number of black students attending separate a...

Courts Are Failing Children on the Promise of Brown v. Board of Education

Gwen E. Samuel | Posted 05.13.2016 | Black Voices
Gwen E. Samuel

When it comes to choosing between children who need schools that will prepare them for a successful future and help stabilize our country's economy or policies that benefit adults only and special interests, the choice is clear. We must choose Justice and Children every time!

Education Secretary John King Says This Is An Urgent Moment For School Desegregation

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 04.19.2016 | Politics

The issue of school segregation has gotten relatively little federal attention the past few decades, despite a series of court decisions dismantling t...

How One Mississippi District Made Integration Work

The Hechinger Report | Rebecca Klein | Posted 04.19.2016 | Black Voices

CLINTON, Miss. — When Zach Osborn was growing up in this central Mississippi town, he had no idea that the diverse classrooms he sat in each day wer...

The South Isn't The Reason Schools Are Still Segregated, New York Is

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 04.01.2016 | Politics

New York City didn't experience school desegregation in the 1960s and '70s like other metropolitan areas. Unlike in Little Rock, Arkansas, the Nationa...

Three Worst Supreme Court Justices of All Time

Alan Singer | Posted 02.19.2016 | Politics
Alan Singer

With the recent death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and the battle shaping up over whether Barack Obama should appoint his successor, I decided to jump in with my list of the three worst Supreme Court Justices of all-time (in chronological order).

Schools Are Finally Starting To Embrace This Method Of Closing The Achievement Gap

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 02.10.2016 | Black Voices

Schools and states have poured millions of dollars into overhauling teacher evaluation systems, rotating staff members and collecting and analyzing da...

Could Desegregating Schools Have Prevented The Ferguson Protests?

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 02.10.2016 | Black Voices

In the wake of recent high-profile instances of racist police brutality, policymakers and politicians have touted fixes like police body cameras, anti...

It's Time to Stop Whitewashing Civil Rights History

Algernon Austin | Posted 02.04.2016 | Black Voices
Algernon Austin

Civil Rights history makes the movement into a fairytale: Once upon a time there was racism; Martin Luther King Jr. marched into town; and we all lived happily ever after. The End. Nearly every Civil Rights movie follows this basic script. It would be nice if this history were true, but just about all of it is false.

White Flight May Not Be The Only Thing Keeping Schools Separate And Unequal

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 01.27.2016 | Black Voices

White flight -- the phenomenon of white families fleeing their neighborhoods to avoid racially integrated schools -- is part of the reason why black a...

The Re-Education of Justice Scalia

Patricia McGuire | Posted 12.13.2015 | College
Patricia McGuire

Justice Scalia should know better; if nothing other than judicial temperament could guide him, he should know that a wise judge must think twice before opening his mouth to say something really stupid and highly prejudicial in front of the parties arguing their case before him.

Latinos Face Incredible School Segregation, And No One Is Doing Anything About It

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 10.26.2015 | Latino Voices

Nearly a decade before the Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education made segregated schooling of black students unconstitutional, a group o...

In Renaming Courthouse, Hollings Is Still Teaching Us

Andy Brack | Posted 10.06.2015 | Politics
Andy Brack

At age 93, Fritz Hollings is still teaching us. On Friday as a weekend deluge of rain started, dignitaries from all over gathered at St. Michael's Church at the Four Corners of Law to rename the federal courthouse annex across the street that was named in 1988 for Hollings.

Cooper v. Aaron and Judicial Authority: Lessons From Little Rock

Evan Bernick | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

This week marks the anniversary of a decision that has stirred debate about the constitutional role of the judiciary for more than half a century. In a remarkable opinion signed by each of its nine members, the Supreme Court in Cooper v. Aaron (1958) stated that public officials in Little Rock, Arkansas, were required to implement a desegregation plan.

U.S. Constitution: Public Officials Wanted, Willingness to Follow the Law a Must

Elizabeth B. Wydra | Posted 09.04.2015 | Politics
Elizabeth B. Wydra

As evidenced by Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis of Kentucky and several presidential candidates, apparently some public officials either don't know or don't care that when they act on behalf of the government, they are obliged to follow federal law.

I Question Whether We Have Learned 'Citizenship' in Our Generation

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 08.19.2015 | Black Voices
The University of Central Florida Forum

The story of the Groveland Four troubles me for many reasons, including Groveland's proximity to UCF. Groveland and the Groveland Four are neither geographically nor temporally close to UCF. This case provides rich material upon which to reflect and ponder racial injustice in its many forms.

The Atticus We Don't Want to Know

Irene Monroe | Posted 07.20.2016 | Books
Irene Monroe

For those who prefer Scout's hagiographic depiction of her father, then Jean Louise's Atticus you don't want to know. Harper Lee's new portrait of Atticus will undoubtedly reopen discussion about race and Atticus's hero status in "Mockingbird."

The Art of the First Draft

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.20.2016 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

A few years ago, a film historian unearthed what he claimed was the only existing copy of the first version of John Cassavetes' film, Shadows. He ultimately was told to cease and desist because he had no right to the film.

Thurgood Marshall, the NAACP's Pioneering Lawyer, Knew That Black Lives Mattered

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.02.2016 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Thurgood Marshall, who was born on this date in 1908, liked telling stories. One of his favorite concerned his days as the head of the legal arm of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in the 1930s and 1940s representing black clients facing prosecution in the South.

The Confederate Flag Is for Losers

Tanya Young Williams | Posted 06.24.2016 | Politics
Tanya Young Williams

The flag must come down. In fact, the confederate flag is banned for sale or on display at government agencies in California. The bill was introduced by African-American State Senator, Isadore Hall, while he was an assemblyman.

Can I Ever Forgive Evangelicals?

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 06.12.2016 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I noticed with interest and, quite frankly, surprise an article headline on the front page of The New York Times dated Tuesday, June 9, 2015, which stated: "Evangelicals Open Door to Debate on Gay Rights."

"Remembering George Haley: The Greatest American You've Never Heard Of"

Curtis Valentine | Posted 05.22.2016 | Black Voices
Curtis Valentine

I believe Ambassador Haley's place in American history should be more prominent. For a man who made American history six times, Ambassador Haley never spoke of his accomplishments or the past preferring to concentrate on the future.