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History Repeating Itself: Fighting for School Integration in 2017

Since 2013, the mostly-white Birmingham suburb of Gardendale, Alabama, has been trying to break away from the larger Jefferson County public school district, where black students outnumber white ones by several thousand.

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Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law: Constitutional Responsibility for Right to Sound Basic Education

Despite the ruling today, this lawsuit and our organizing around it has lifted the hopes of parents and community advocates in Halifax County  who believe that change is possible …

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American Federation of Teachers on the CBC Foundation’s 47th Annual Legislative Conference

We must be engaged, empowered and prepared to fight forward for high-quality public education; affordable, high-quality healthcare; good jobs that pay living wages; a stronger democracy free of voter suppression; and an end to bigotry and hatred.

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National HBCU Pre-Law Summit Presents Game-Changing Opportunity For HBCU Students

Two intensive days of game-changing information, resources, and connections designed to help future law students achieve success in a demanding educational endeavor and tough field in great need of diversity.

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When You Educate a Girl, You Educate a Nation

As I write this, I am preparing to travel with my colleagues to Nigeria, where I will have the honor

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One of the Oldest HBCUs in the Country Could Fold in September

Cheyney University, One of the Nation’s Oldest HBCUs, Could Lose Its Accreditation in September After years of financial trouble and

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LaToya Cantrell becomes New Orleans’ 1st woman mayor

LaToya Cantrell, a City Council member who first gained a political following as she worked to help her hard-hit neighborhood recover from Hurricane Katrina, won a historic election Saturday that made her the first woman mayor of New Orleans.

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AUTOPSY: The Democratic Party in Crisis – Leadership Still Chasing Republican Voters

The party should avidly promote inspiring programs such as single-payer Medicare for all, free public college tuition, economic security, infrastructure and green jobs initiatives, and tackling the climate crisis.

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What Killed the Democratic Party? The Nation

The Democratic Party lost just about everything in 2016, but so far it has offered only evasive regrets and mild apologies. Instead of acknowledging gross failure and astounding errors, the party’s leaders and campaign professionals wallowed in self-pity and righteous indignation.

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Congressional Black Caucus (CBC): Committed to Using Full Constitutional power

While the CBC has predominately been made up of members of the Democratic Party, the founding members of the caucus envisioned a non-partisan organization.

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Democrats, Black Candidates Win Historic Victories on Election Night

Most saw victories by Democrats as a referendum on President Donald Trump, whose record low job approval rating has shrunk to 39 percent according to various reports.

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Special Master in Racial Gerrymandering Case Releases First Round of Redrawn Legislative Districts

A special master appointed almost two weeks ago by a federal court to examine and potentially redraw parts of the state House and Senate maps released his proposed plan to correct unconstitutional racial gerrymanders.

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Career & Education

The Enduring Power of Print for Learning in a Digital World

Given this trend, teachers, students, parents and policymakers might assume that students’ familiarity and preference for technology translates into better learning outcomes. But we’ve found that’s not necessarily true.

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Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children

The report ranked states in a Race for Results Index and awarded them composite scores for how well children of different ethnic groups do, based on a scale of one to 1,000.

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National Leadership Program for Young Leaders

Fellows also will work with our on-site job coach, strengthening skills in advocacy and leadership as well as hands-on training in public speaking, writing, social media and networking.

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HBCU Tech Summit Inspires African-American Millennials to Pursue Entrepreneurship and High-Tech

The HBCU Tech Summit is assembling a work group, committed to a year round approach to supporting empowering and enabling HBCU students.

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States Ignore Social Competency for Students in ESSA Plans

According to a recent report by Education Week, states have largely ignored a critical mandate of the Every Student Succeeds Act that calls for schools to measure the social and emotional competencies of their students.

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United Negro College Fund/ Michael Jackson Scholarship

The Michael Jackson scholarship provides financial assistance to communication arts and social science students attending a UNCF college/university during the current academic year. Candidates must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. The scholarship will provide an award up to $5,000 …

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Study: More, and More Diverse, US College Students Voted in 2016

Students who belong to some demographic groups with historically low turnout rates showed some of the biggest increases: younger students, Hispanic students and Asian students.

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Dr. Aminta Hawkins Breaux Makes History as BSU’s First Female President

Partnerships are going to be extremely important. We want to reach out to our business leaders and the rest of our community and help them see the value …

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New Center for American Progress Report: Path Forward to Increase Teacher Diversity

Developing proven and rigorous standards to increase selectivity within the teacher workforce and keeping the U.S. workforce competitive on an international scale does not—and should not—need to come at the cost of diversity …

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History Repeating Itself: Fighting for School Integration in 2017

Since 2013, the mostly-white Birmingham suburb of Gardendale, Alabama, has been trying to break away from the larger Jefferson County public school district, where black students outnumber white ones by several thousand.

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