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Schools still “Separate and Unequal”

As the 60th anniversary of the United States Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education approaches, a new report by the Economic Policy Institute found schools are more segregated now than they were in 1980. The U.S. Supreme Court’s May 17, 1954 decision effectively banned racial segregation in schools where racially separate schools were far from equal. The report outlines the differences between ...

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WCCCD’s Executive Dean for International Programs joins Midwest Institute Board of Directors

David C. Butty, executive dean for international programs and media specialist, who also directs the Wayne County Community College District’s Study Abroad Program, has been elected to the Midwest Institute for International/Intercultural Education (MIIE)’s Board of Directors for fiscal years 2014-2016. Mr. Butty was elected at the organization’s 21st Annual Conference held at Columbus State Community Colle ...

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NBA president: Blacks should be ‘almost religious’ about supporting Black businesses

National Bankers Association (NBA) President/CEO Michael Grant says mutual support among Black businesses and consumers must become an “almost religious” culture in America if the Black community is to ever to attain significant economic strength. “We are aware our community was hardest hit by this recession. We’re aware the historical and structural barriers against us remain. But, here is the real deal: W ...

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Fewer teens get pregnant except for those 10-14

Teen pregnancies are on the decline in the state except among the youngest girls, a Department of Community Health (DCH) report shows. The most recent report from 2012 shows there was a slight increase from 2011 in pregnancies among those 10-14. After decades of steady decreases, the number increased from 94 to 105 reported teen pregnancies. The reduction of other unintended pregnancies could be a result of ...

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Race is a ‘chronic’ enforcement problem

A recent report by the American Civil Liberties Union shows marijuana laws are enforced unequally for Black and white Americans nationwide. “The War on Marijuana in Black and White” released in March reports that though the percentage of Blacks and whites who use marijuana is virtually identical, African Americans are 3.73 times more likely to be arrested. The 190-page report states, “There were 140,000 mor ...

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West coast ‘Black Commentator’ and social justice activist passes

Longtime editorial writer, poet and political organizer Carl Bloice was remembered by friends and comrades at a gathering in San Francisco last week. The West Coast writer succumbed suddenly to a years-long battle with cancer. Bloice was known for his many widely-published columns on U.S. and international issues. He was on the editorial board of the Black Commentator. ...

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Innocent man freed after 25 years in prison

Brooklyn, N.Y., District Attorney Kenneth P. Thompson on April 8 dismissed murder charges against Jonathan Fleming, who spent 25 years in prison, serving time for a crime that occurred in New York although he had solid alibi that he was in Florida at the time. “Today’s actions follow a careful and thorough review of this case and based on key alibi facts that place Fleming in Florida at the time of the murd ...

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National ‘STEM’ expert: 21st century doctors must also know the arts

When Dr. Freeman Hrabowski III was only 15 years old, he was in college. He graduated at the age of 19 with high honors in mathematics from what was then Hampton Institute. He went on to receive a master’s in mathematics and then a doctorate degree in higher education, administration and statistics at the age of 24. ...

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