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In Honor of International Women’s Day, We Celebrate a Rising Young Scholar

In a bold comparative analysis of The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Jada Williams, a 13-year old eighth grader at School #3 in Rochester, New York, asserted that in her experience, today’s education system is a modern-day version of slavery. See Jada read her essay and receive the Fredrick Douglass Foundation’s Spirit…

Madame CJ Walker

In Honor of International Women’s Day, We Remember Madame CJ Walker

Born Sarah Breedlove in 1867, this first free child of former slaves became America’s first self-made, female millionaire. She was also a great philanthropist until her death in 1919.

Are Public Schools Safe for Black Children?

On Tuesday the U.S. Department of Education released the Civil Rights Data Collection sample, which found that public school educators unfairly punish minority students. The survey of 7,000 school districts and 72,000 schools was conducted during the 2009-2010 school year. It also found that African-American children were less likely to be exposed to high-level curriculums…

Obama Calls for Youth Jobs, and Tech Firms Listen

Gilt Groupe and others join the White House to offer opportunities to 250,000 low-income job seekers 16-24 years old.

The New Jim Crow

Drug Policy as Race Policy: Best Seller “The New Jim Crow”

The lifelong exclusion many offenders face includes  job discrimination, elimination from juries and voter rolls, and even disqualification from food stamps, public housing and student loans. “It’s easy to be completely unaware that this vast new system of racial and social control has emerged,” she said. “Unlike in Jim Crow days, there were no ‘Whites…

Reel Soul with Vaun Monroe

At the Movies with “Reel Soul”

Hosted by filmmaker Vaun Monroe and culture critic Lee Bey, the purpose of the web-based show is twofold: 1.  To bring to your attention Black film and television that is worthy of your time and 2.  To identify excellent Black film and television and make a case for its excellence. We will examine Black film…

Minnesota School District Agrees to Protect Students from Anti-Gay Bullying in Settlement with SPLC

Minnesota’s largest school district has agreed to adopt a wide-ranging plan to protect LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) students from bullying and harassment, in a settlement that will resolve an SPLC (Southern Poverty Law Center) lawsuit. Read more about it and watch poignant video testimony from a 15 year old student.


History Now: Sharpton Recreates Selma To Montgomery March

The recreation of the historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, to protest new voter suppression laws began yesterday.

Black Students Face More Harsh Discipline, Data Show

Black students, especially boys, face much harsher discipline in public schools than other students, according to new data from the Department of Education.

On the date in 1857, the Supreme Court decided landmark Dred Scott case

The Court ruled that Blacks “are not included, and were not intended to be included, under the word ‘citizens’ in the Constitution… On the contrary, they were at that time (1787) considered as a subordinate and inferior class of beings…so far inferior, that they had no rights, which the White man, was bound to respect.”…

Glenn Grothman, Wisconsin Senator, Proposes Law That Declares Single Parenthood Child Abuse

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Black Filmmaker Wins Big With ‘Undefeated’

The Root talks to T.J. Martin, the first African American to win an Oscar for a full-length documentary.,1

On This Date In History: Runaway slave is first to die in American Revolution

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Henry ‘Box’ Brown (Virginia Slave Who Escaped To Freedom In A Box) Film Biopic Currently In The Works

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Enslaved Africans’ sculptures brings slave history to life in Yonkers

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City of Chicago’s 175th Birthday

Today marks the 175th Birthday of the city of Chicago, first settled by Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable, a black man. A good day to check out Chicago’s DuSable Museum of African American History. Read more:

On this date in American history: The “Weeping Time”

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Jeremy Lin’s Triumph Over Stereotype Threat

Why low expectations based on our race or gender can be so hard to overcome. Read the article:

Happy 145th Birthday to Howard University!

Swann Galleries African Americana Auction Becomes Annual Rite

Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin challenges affirmative action in higher education