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Black Boys Don’t Need More Discipline, They Need Mentors | Education Post

Black children’s pain is often criminalized or punished rather than treated. When I first met Chris, he was quiet—I could tell he was trying to figure out who I was, and who I could be in his life. The stories I heard about Chris did not align with the boy in front of me. I was told he was constantly removed from class and referred to the office. In fact, he had 60 such referrals in the first semester of school. Chris wasn’t receiving the education required for his success, so my job as his mentor was to serve as […]

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Lash Nolen Is Harvard Medical School’s First Black Woman Class President | Teen Vogue

Lash Nolen is “hungry for justice” and “hungry to see my people win.” Most people call her “Lash,” but LaShyra Nolen’s name is hardly the only unique thing about her. Last year, she became the first black woman ever elected as class president of Harvard Medical School (HMS). Born in Compton, California, and educated in Los Angeles, Lash grew up with big dreams and equally daunting challenges. Despite not seeing black women leadership reflected in society in general, she found inspiration in the strength of the women around her. Lash’s mom had her when she was only 18 years old. […]

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Oprah loves this N.J.-based after school program so much, she just gave it $5M | NJ.com

Judith Griffin was at a loss for words for about 90 seconds when she got the phone call last September. Rebecca Sykes, then president of the Oprah Winfrey Charitable Foundation, was on the phone with some jarring news. “I was speechless,” Griffin said, recalling the phone call. “Stunned is the word.” – Judith Griffin, Founder & President, Pathways to College Winfrey decided to give $5 million to Pathways to College, a nationwide after-school program Griffin established in 2003 to support students of color in school districts with limited resources. It prepares them for college and shows them how to stay […]

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Future of Historic African American School in Jeopardy | U.S. News

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (AP) — It was expected to be the beginning of a joyous preservation effort: relocating the town’s last standing African American school. But blocked by fumbled permits and mired in controversy, the effort failed. Plans to preserve the Long Point School have raised tensions among several residents in Snowden, a settlement community established after Reconstruction, who disagree over whether saving the 100-year-old structure should be a priority. WHERE IT’S LOCATED The two-room schoolhouse had been lifted to a moving trailer early Jan. 7. It was to be transported from just off Seacoast Parkway to a new site […]

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Black students at Oxford University to get scholarships from black American tech entrepreneur | USA Today

SAN FRANCISCO — Technology investor and entrepreneur Arlan Hamilton is funding a new scholarship for black undergraduate students at Oxford University, a first for the educational institution. The scholarship, partly named for Hamilton’s mother, will cover fees and living costs for one undergraduate student a year for three years beginning in 2020. The value of the scholarship fund is about £220,000 (or nearly $300,000), Oxford said. A black woman who has written her own unique success story as an entrepreneur and investor in the mostly white and male tech sector, Hamilton is a former music tour manager without a college […]

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Op-ed: Black male teachers have positive influence on students of all races | The State

I was wasting time on Twitter when I came across a post that stopped me mid-scroll. The original post posed a question: How many black male educators did you have in kindergarten through 12th grade. One of my former students chimed in with a shocking number: 1…Coach Thorne. That’s me; that’s who I was. I taught social studies at Blythewood High School for 11 years and was an assistant football coach. At first glance, the number 1 seems to be an indictment and a referendum on what we in education circles have known forever — we need more black men […]

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Students Rally in Maryland’s Capital to Resolve Longstanding HBCU Lawsuit | Black Press USA

Students and alumni from Maryland’s four historically black colleges rallied near the state Capitol building in a call for a resolution to a 13-year-old federal lawsuit over disparities in academic programs. Individuals from Bowie State, Coppin, Morgan State, and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore arrived early and filled the streets chanting and demanding that lawmakers and Gov. Larry Hogan settle the longstanding dispute. Inside the complex of government buildings, members of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland were urging lawmakers to stand behind a nearly $600 million settlement previously reached by the state and the Coalition for Equity and […]

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Impact and not optics: How we can increase the number of African Americans in medicine | The St. Louis American

I am the lead author of a peer-reviewed manuscript that details how U.S. medical school diversity initiatives are leaving us behind. This is a summary of the article, which was published in Academic Medicine, and a call to action to improve our representation and the health of our communities. U.S. medical education diversity initiatives were born out of the Civil Rights Movement in an effort to increase the representation of African Americans in the physician workforce. Over the last 50 years, these efforts have evolved to include other minority groups that are underrepresented in medicine, and efforts to specifically identify […]

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Nas Becomes ‘The Voice of Hennessy’ to Empower HBCU Students | Black Enterprise

Legendary hip-hop artist Nasir “Nas” Jones has teamed up with Hennessy and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) to uplift graduate students of color attending historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). The Queens-born rapper can be heard narrating a video promoting the Hennessy Fellows Program, a $10 million graduate scholarship initiative launched earlier this year to empower young African American leaders through financial assistance, access, and real-world work experience. “I’m proud to lend my voice to encourage enrollment in the Hennessy Fellows Program, a new graduate program created for students who want to blaze their own trails and pursue their […]

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