Category Archives: Education

Racism-white supremacy and the education crisis

What is the key to education reform in IPS and around the country? Contrary to some educational reform advocates’ claims, it is not school choice. Hold on, though, before you draw conclusions about where this column is going. Leaving room in an educational system for some variety and giving flexibility to some school administrators and… Read More »

National Society of Black Engineers Launches #BlackSTEMLikeMe Campaign

Leveraging the immense popularity of the hit movie “Hidden Figures,” the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) has launched a nationwide campaign titled #BlackSTEMLikeMe. This unique multimedia initiative is aiming to encourage black students and professionals in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to share their stories and passions; bring visibility to the important work… Read More »

NNPA Receives $1.5 Million Gates Grant for Education Campaign

When civil rights icon Dr. Benjamin Chavis was named president and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), he remained true to form, touting the Black Press as the uncensored, objective and unflinching media voice of the Black community. On that sun-soaked day in June 2014 in Portland, Oregon, Chavis proclaimed his eagerness to… Read More »

Why Talladega band belongs at Donald Trump’s inauguration

The marching band of my alma mater, Talladega College, the oldest historically black college in Alabama, accepted an invitation to participate in Donald Trump’s inaugural parade. Many people, including some Talladega alumni, are upset. They shouldn’t be. It is an honor to participate in the inauguration of any president of the United States. Talladega and… Read More »

Jim Brown’s ‘love’ for Donald Trump is at odds with the man we’ve come to know

In his 1972 autobiography, published shortly before he died, Jackie Robinson admitted a regret. It was, said America’s standard-bearer for integration, that he’d allowed himself to be used by McCarthyists on Capitol Hill in 1949 by issuing for them a public rebuke of the nonpareil athlete-turned-actor-turned-singer-turned-civil-rights activist Paul Robeson. “In those days I had much… Read More »