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Giving Tuesday - Learn from a Pioneer

Steven Crandell | Posted 11.30.2014 | Impact
Steven Crandell

On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

A Time for Prayer, Thanksgiving, Discernment and Strategic Nonviolent Action

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.27.2014 | Religion
Marian Wright Edelman

Through daily moral consciousness we must all counter the proliferating voices of racial and ethnic and religious division that are regaining too much respectability over the land.

Football and Race in Mississippi

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

If white Mississippians can identify with, embrace and cheer deliriously for teams that are 82 percent (Mississippi State) and 75 percent (Ole Miss) black, is it too much to hope that they might bring themselves to at least stop hating and show a modicum of respect to a president who is 50 percent black?

Enslavement's Shadow

Dr. Tukufu Zuberi | Posted 11.22.2014 | Black Voices
Dr. Tukufu Zuberi

The United States had joined the Allies to fight for freedom overseas. And yet, as Yard No. 4 so clearly demonstrated, African Americans still lacked full freedom and citizenship.

College Must Be More Than Just a Classy Trade School

Michael Roth | Posted 10.31.2014 | College
Michael Roth

Sure, we must pay attention to what our graduates will do with their education, and we must give them the skills to translate what they learn in classrooms to their lives after graduation. But we shouldn't reduce our understanding of "their lives after graduation" to their very first job.

Booker T. Washington Inspires Barack

William H. Turner | Posted 05.04.2014 | Black Voices
William H. Turner

President Obama encouraged the likes of the young men of color staged behind him last week at the White House to turn adversity into advantage.

Mentors Matter

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.06.2013 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

Far too many young Black boys are only hearing the first part of the message - -"You can't do it." We need supports in place to show them that they can choose a different path.

Remembing W.E.B. Du Bois: A Towering Figure Who Died 50 Years Ago

Peter Dreier | Posted 11.01.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Du Bois was one of the towering intellectual figures of the 20th century. Fifty years after his death, his ideas -- and his activism for economic and social justice -- remain an important influence on American culture.

The Historical Failure of Black Leadership

Pascal Robert | Posted 04.06.2013 | Black Voices
Pascal Robert

What has happened to black leadership? In the face of endless statistics showing the rapid decline of whatever illusory semblance of progress blacks imagined, such signs of progress have almost evaporated in less than a decade.

Thinking About Education With Washington and Du Bois

Michael Roth | Posted 10.03.2012 | College
Michael Roth

Sure, we have to pay attention to what our graduates will do with their education, and we must give them the skills to translate what they learn in classrooms to their lives after graduation. But we shouldn't reduce our understanding of "their lives after graduation" to their very first job.

Theodore Roosevelt's Controversial Dinner With Booker T. Washington

Posted 05.24.2012 | Books

The following is an excerpt from "Guest of Honor: Booker T. Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, and the White House Dinner That Shocked a Nation" [Atria, ...

When Black Meant Republican

Chris Ladd | Posted 03.16.2012 | Politics
Chris Ladd

The story of how the Party of Lincoln lost its black support is long and sad, but understanding what happened is critical as the Party looks to improve its standing in the black community.

A Call to Consciousness

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 12.25.2011 | Black Voices
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Though the state of black entrepreneurship has progressed significantly in the past decade, successful entrepreneurs with businesses in urban environm...

Music Midtown Festival Returns -- With Coldplay

Kristi York Wooten | Posted 11.21.2011 | Home
Kristi York Wooten

The Atlanta gathering has been on hiatus since 2006, but returns this weekend with a lineup that will remind festivalgoers why this fest was so influential during its heyday in the late 1990s.

When the School Came to Town

Ed Schmidt | Posted 08.29.2011 | Education
Ed Schmidt

Imagine building 5,357 schools in 12 states in 19 years. Now imagine that these schools weren't just four walls and a roof, but innovative facilities. Now remember this took place in a time where 17 states still mandated school populations be segregated.

Obama Delivers Commencement Address At Memphis High School

AP | JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 07.16.2011 | Education

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Offering a lift to a flood beleaguered city, President Barack Obama hailed the transformation of a once struggling but ven...

Deval(uing) Government

Glenn C. Altschuler | Posted 06.14.2011 | Books
Glenn C. Altschuler

Let's face it: government is the only institution with the power and resources to make equal opportunity more than an empty slogan. Deval Patrick, no doubt, agrees. But he says precious little to that effect in his book.

Building Schools that Work

Ed Schmidt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Ed Schmidt

In 1902 Booker T. Washington was at the dedication of a school in the District of Columbia. The school, the Armstrong Manual Training Academy, had be...

Preparing Students Means Collaboration between Secondary Educators and Industry

Randy Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Randy Miller

Industry understands that survival depends on their ability to adapt quickly and accurately to the changing marketplace. So, how come in education, we continue to cling to the "old way" of doing things?

Rosenwald Schools: Reclaiming a Legacy

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

Many Americans know very little about a group of schools that educated hundreds of thousands of black children and are their own key piece of black history.

"Black Royalty"?

Michael Henry Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Michael Henry Adams

The demise in succession of three African American figures of colossal stature on the eve of the new decade caused me to wonder anew about this designation, "black royalty."

Obama 2012

Daniel Bruno Sanz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Daniel Bruno Sanz

I went to New York to meet Obama the candidate, and in a Soho apartment he told a small group of us that his middle name was Hussein. I thought he was telling a joke.

Dear Grandma, A Change Has Come!

Adia Colar | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Adia Colar

Grandma, We did it! We elected a black man President of the United States of America! Grandma, it's been a long time comin' but I know a change has come!

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner: From Booker T. Washington to Barack Obama

Ariel Gonzalez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ariel Gonzalez

Last week marked the 107th anniversary of a symbolically important event in the history of race relations in this country. On October 16, 1901, B...