Experts: Black studies programs facing campus challenges

DETROIT (AP) — Protests by University of Missouri Black students that forced the school’s administration to address racism and other problems mirror efforts decades ago that led many majority white schools to create African-American studies and other programs. But those programs and some ethnic studies departments across the country are struggling with funding, low-staffing and […]

National Education Advocate Says Family Is Key to Learning

(NNPA) – Education always played a big part in Byron Garrett’s life. “Education has always been a love of our family,” said Garrett, a Greensboro native and chairman of the National Family Engagement Alliance. “It’s always been the key thing that we believe to help you transition from one space in life to the next. So […]

Nashville program teaches law enforcement about civil rights

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — On the same downtown block where Nashville police officers carried a young John Lewis by his hands and feet to a paddy wagon for daring to take a seat at a whites-only lunch counter decades ago, today’s fresh-faced police recruits are learning lessons about the fraught history between law enforcement and […]

Black students around US complain of casual, everyday racism

BOSTON (AP) — It’s not always the slurs and the other out-and-out acts of racism. It’s the casual, everyday slights and insensitivities. Sheryce Holloway is tired of white people at Virginia Commonwealth University asking if they can touch her hair or if she knows the latest dance move. At Chicago’s Loyola University, Dominick Hall says […]

Supreme Court troubled by DA’s rejection of Black jurors

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court signaled support Monday for a Black death row inmate in Georgia who claims prosecutors improperly kept African-Americans off the jury that convicted him of killing a white woman. Justice Stephen Breyer likened the chief prosecutor to his excuse-filled grandson. Justice Elena Kagan said the case seemed as clear a […]

Half of Black millennials know victim of police violence

WASHINGTON (AP) — Years before the high-profile deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Freddie Gray, more than half of African-American millennials indicated they, or someone they knew, had been victimized by violence or harassment from law enforcement, a new report says. The information, from the “Black Millennials in America” report issued by the Black […]

US Episcopal Church installs first Black leader

(AP) – Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, installed Sunday as the first Black leader of the U.S. Episcopal Church, urged Episcopalians to evangelize by crossing divides of race, education and wealth. Curry used the example of his own mother being given Communion at a white Episcopal parish before desegregation, and how that act persuaded his father […]

San Francisco school delays student election over lack of diversity

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A student government election at a mostly Hispanic San Francisco middle school turned into a debate about the democratic process when the principal delayed the results because the winners did not reflect the school’s diverse student body. Everett Middle School Principal Lena Van Haren announced the winners on Monday, more than […]

Biden says he won’t run for president, a boost for Clinton

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden declared Wednesday he won’t run for president in 2016, ending a months-long flirtation with a third White House campaign and setting him on a glide path toward the end of his decades-long political career. Biden’s decision bolsters Hillary Rodham Clinton’s standing as the front-runner by sparing her a […]

Rupert Murdoch suggests Obama isn’t ‘real Black president’

NEW YORK (AP) — The founder of the global News Corp. media empire, Rupert Murdoch, issued an apology Thursday after he faced social media backlash following his suggestion that President Barack Obama isn’t a “real Black president.” Murdoch was praising Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson and his wife on Twitter on Wednesday when he wrote: […]