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The Changing Image of the Black in Children’s Literature | The Horn Book, Inc.

Augusta Baker, The Horn Book, Inc. The longtime couple have finally become engaged, celebrating with family and friends. (Image via NBC Chicago). Featured Image n the 1920’s and 1930’s, children’s books seemed to foster prejudice by planting false images in the minds of children. Most authors were white, with little knowledge about black life, and yet they wrote as if they were authorities. No wonder it was an accepted fact in children’s books that blacks were lazy, shiftless, lived in shanties, had nothing and wanted nothing, sang and laughed all day. Black writers for children were practically nonexistent, and the […]

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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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27 More Graves May Have Been Found at a Notorious Florida Boys School | The New York Times

John Eligon, The New York Times An unidentified funeral at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Fla. Researchers have identified three sets of remains found in unmarked graves at the school, Sept. 26, 2014. (University of South Florida). Featured Image than two dozen additional unmarked graves may have been discovered on the grounds of a defunct boys reform school in the Florida Panhandle that was notorious for beatings, abuse, forced labor and neglect, according to a letter sent by the state’s governor this week. The discovery at the former Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys came during […]

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How this Texas college gives every single student help with trauma, mental health| The Dallas Morning News

Eva Marie Ayala, The Dallas Morning News Shaban Athuman/Staff Photographer. Featured Image Quinn College prides itself as a school that aggressively recruits the kids often ignored by big-name universities: Students who grew up in tough Chicago neighborhoods where it is common to lose a classmate to gang violence. Children from Los Angeles to New York to South Dallas who struggle to break the cycle of poverty. And those students do well. At first. But inevitably, too many fail as they wrestle with the trauma stirring within them. So now Paul Quinn has launched an aggressive mental health campaign in an […]

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