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Too Many Black Students Aren’t Learning Their History in Schools | Education Post

ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson, Education Post hen I was in school, I was starved for information about who I really am. I ached to hear stories about people who look like me, or see the names of Black scholars in math or science, or even to talk about Africa, without talking about poverty and slavery. Today, too many Black schoolchildren are having the same experience. Too often, students’ first exposure to Black History occurs through the study of slavery. Too often, Africans are portrayed in schools as savage, barbaric people. Those who came to the Americas were “lucky” because they were saved […]

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Their ancestors were enslaved by law. Today, they are graduates of the nation’s preeminent historically black law school. | The New York Times Magazine

In the history of the United States, black Americans were the only group for whom it was ever illegal to learn to read or write. And so when emancipation finally came, schools and colleges were some of the first institutions that the freed people clamored to build. Black Americans believed that education meant liberation, and just eight months after the Civil War, the first historically black college opened in the South. Howard University is among the most venerable of these institutions. Chartered in Washington in 1867, the school has educated some of the nation’s most notable black Americans, including Toni […]

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Report: Warriors’ Stephen Curry Starting Golf Team at Howard University | Bleacher Report

TYLER CONWAY, Bleacher Report Jonathan Devich/Getty Images. Featured Image Curry has already taken his love of golf to television. Now he’s doing the same at Howard University. The Golden State Warriors star will reportedly launch a golf program at Howard during a press conference Monday, per Casey Bannon of The Golfer’s Journal. It’s unclear how much Curry is investing to start the program, and details regarding Howard’s plans for where to host tournaments and matches are yet to be announced. Howard will be the 34th HBCU to have a golf team. There are currently 101 HBCUs in the United States. […]

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Memphis black boys, ‘the foremost vulnerable … population in our system,’ are the focus of Ray’s new initiative | Chalkbeat

Laura Faith Kebede, Chalkbeat Superintendent Joris Ray announced an initiative for black boys Monday at the National Civil Rights Museum. . PHOTO: Laura Faith Kebede/Chalkbeat. Featured Image Superintendent Joris Ray launched a new initiative Monday that he hopes will help black boys improve their test scores, take more advanced courses, and be on the receiving end of school discipline less often. Black boys make up about 38% of Shelby County Schools students, but bear the brunt of all the negative statistics Ray presented to a crowd of about 200 people Monday who were at the kickoff of the African-American Male […]

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Two African American High School Boys Make History at Harvard Debate | Black Enterprise

Samara Lynn, Black Enterprise DJ Roman and Keith Harris. Featured Image African American Atlanta-area high school students led their debate team to its second consecutive win at Harvard University’s annual international debate tournament—making history after achieving an unprecedented, undefeated record, according to a press release on the matter. Seniors DJ Roman of North Atlanta High School and Keith Harris of Westlake High School clinched the win for their debate team in the championship round. The pair, who had no prior debate experience, bested scholars from 15 different countries in the tournament. The two young men and their teammates spent 10 […]

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Could black philanthropy help solve the black student debt crisis? | The Conversation

Mako Fitts Ward, The Conversation Left to Right: Jay-Z, Robert F. Smith and LeBron James. Featured Image billionaire Robert E. Smith decided to pay off the student loans of the graduating class of 2019 at Morehouse College, he suggested that others follow his lead. “Let’s make sure every class has the same opportunity going forward, because we are enough to take care of our own community,” Smith declared in his commencement speech. But is there even enough black private wealth in the United States to pay off all black student loan debt? As a scholar in social transformation and African […]

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