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Brown v Board of Education

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 analyz...

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, ant...

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 b...

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 ...

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 07.20.2015 | 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 07.20.2015 | 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 07.02.2015 | 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 06.26.2015 | 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 06.15.2015 | 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 05.22.2015 | 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.

Rebecca Klein

African-Americans Who Attended Desegregated Schools Have Better Language Skills Years Later

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 05.21.2015 | Black Voices

African-Americans who attended racially diverse schools have better cognitive abilities decades after graduation, according to a new study. The st...

Rebecca Klein

61 Years After Brown v. Board Of Education, Many Schools Remain Separate And Unequal

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 05.18.2015 | Black Voices

Decades after the U.S. Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education ruling declared segregated schooling of black students unconstitutional, many Ameri...

Rebecca Klein

Could The Answer To How To Diversify Our Schools Be Found In Connecticut?

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.08.2015 | Black Voices

When Connecticut high school senior Akbar Maliki looks back on his high school experience, he can think of only one negative: his school has made ...

Mendez High School Students Rewrite History for 826LA's Young Authors' Book Project

826LA | Posted 06.01.2015 | Education
826LA

One of the most important civil rights triumphs from the 20th century happened right here in Southern California, a piece of history often overlooked and underrepresented.

Standing in the Courthouse Door

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.11.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The chief justice of Alabama's supreme court is making a stand in the courthouse door. This is not literally happening, the way it did in 1963 when Alabama Gov. George Wallace made a similar stand in the schoolhouse door. But in both cases, high Alabama officials are trying to preserve the state's ability to discriminate against a segment of its population.

Birthers, Then and Now

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 04.10.2015 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

The most virulent haters of President Obama have long been called "Birthers." A major historical anniversary we observe this month suggests that the name is far more appropriate than has been realized.

True Freedom in Honor of Black History Month

Dr. Alan Kadish | Posted 04.08.2015 | Education
Dr. Alan Kadish

With over a half century of perspective since the passage of the Civil Rights Act, black history exemplifies the importance of education in the progress we've already made, and proves that it's the key to pushing us even further.

Closer to the Finish Line

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 12.24.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

For the first time in 13 years, the DOE now makes clear that states, school districts, and schools must make education resources equally available to all students without regard to race, color, or national origin. This is some of the unfinished business of the civil rights movement and a giant step forward for poor children, often children of color.

A Clarion Call to Black Higher Education

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 12.16.2014 | College
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

The leadership dilemma for HBCU presidents is that of broadening access while also advancing high academic standards and strengthening outcomes. The data suggest that this will be a steep climb for most HBCUs.