Communities Work to Build Understanding 25 Years After LA Riots

When a video made headlines last month appearing to show an Asian store manager pinning down a black customer he had accused of shoplifting, Hyepin Im’s heart sank. “I said, ‘Oh shit,’” Im, president and founder of Korean Churches for Community Development (KCCD), a national nonprofit, told NBC News. For some, that cellphone video from… Read More »

From controversy to empowerment: the history of black dolls

From the 1890s to the 1930s in Macon, Georgia, a black handyman named Leo Moss was a pioneer of black dolls. He painted doll faces black with chimney soot and had his wife design their clothes. Their paper-maché heads were made out of scrap pieces of wallpaper he collected on odd jobs he did for… Read More »

The Heroin Crisis We’ve Ignored

Hola mis amores!” Melissa Hernandez, 35, calls out as she pulls her car up in a narrow alley between a muddy vacant lot and a tangle of brambles in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood. It’s the evening of Donald Trump’s inauguration, but that is a world away for the handful of people who emerge from a… Read More »

Here’s why homeownership gaps exist

Homeownership is a goal shared among all people, regardless of race or ethnicity, and remains the main driver of wealth creation for the majority of households in the United States. That is why it is vital to understand the underlying characteristics that influence the probability of homeownership. Over the last several months, my research has… Read More »

Why Environmental Groups Need More Volunteers of Color

Earth Day comes right before National Volunteer Week, an annual celebration of North American volunteerism in late April. This fortuitous timing gives environmental nonprofits an opportunity to engage prospective volunteers, especially nonwhites who live in communities exposed to environmental injustices. The Conversation But although people of color are more likely than whites to live in… Read More »