Why the Universe Needs More Black and Latino Astronomers

These four names—all recent black and Latino victims of police violence—stare out at a college classroom full of budding astronomers. Written above them on the chalkboard is the now-familiar rallying call “Black Lives Matter.” It’s a Friday morning in July, and John Johnson, a black astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, has written these… Read More »

‘Healing hikes’ hope to give black Americans a chance to talk and meditate over a summer of violence

After high-profile shootings last month reignited a national debate on race and policing, thousands of black Americans responded through protests across dozens of cities with chants of “black lives matter” and demands for policing reforms. A smaller but growing number have also replied in another, subtler way: by heading to the mountains and forests for… Read More »

Pitch to African-American voters is one sale Trump can’t make

Republican nominee Donald Trump has made it clear: He wants the African-American vote. It is a wild and woefully ridiculous idea. This past weekend, Trump spoke in Fredericksburg, Virginia, a predominantly white community. That rally was on the heels of two other recent speeches in communities with similar demographics: Dimondale, Michigan and La Crosse, Wisconsin.… Read More »

New Data Show Communities of Color and Low-Income Communities in the West Have Less Open Space and Natural Areas Nearby

New data released today by the Center for American Progress show that communities of color and low-income communities in the western United States have less open space, parks, and natural area nearby than the overall population in their state. The finding is contained in a report, released to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the National… Read More »