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  • The Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture, Delivered by Former U.S. President Barack Obama, to Air Live on The Africa Channel Network July 17 at 8am ET

    The Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture, Delivered by Former U.S. President Barack Obama, to Air Live on The Africa Channel Network July 17 at 8am ET

    In Celebration of the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth, The Africa Channel will air an uninterrupted live broadcast via satellite of The Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture, delivered by former U.S. President Barack Obama, Tuesday, July 17 at 8am ET. The two-and-a-half-hour special will include South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa, former Presidents Jacob Zumaand Thabo Mbeki, with legendary musical guests Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Peter Gabriel and more. The theme will be “Renewing the Mandela Legacy and Promoting Active Citizenship in a Changing World.”   In Celebration of the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s […]

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  • One Quarter of Current College Students Believe It Will Be Difficult to Graduate

    One Quarter of Current College Students Believe It Will Be Difficult to Graduate

    National survey of 1,545 students suggests that challenges beyond the classroom impede student confidence and create barriers to completion Civitas Learning, today, released the results of a national survey conducted in partnership with the Center for Generational Kinetics, a leading Millennial and Gen Z research firm that asked a cross-section of both traditional and adult learners about their educational experiences, needs and aspirations. According to the data, one quarter of students, across all categories, expressed concerns about their ability to graduate. “The […]

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  • New Report Highlights How Exclusionary Discipline Leads Students to Disconnect from School

    New Report Highlights How Exclusionary Discipline Leads Students to Disconnect from School

    The Center for Promise research sheds light on the voices and experiences of young people impacted by exclusionary discipline, how those practices lead to feelings and actions of disconnection, and the importance of exploring non-exclusionary practices for better student outcomes. Harsh school discipline policies and practices are leading students—particularly students of color and students with disabilities—to disconnect from school, according to a new report from the Center for Promise, the research institute of America’s Promise Alliance. While national data consistently shows […]

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  • The dysfunctionality of the American Political System

    The dysfunctionality of the American Political System

    By:  Charles Blatcher, III Those who pay attention to the political winds understand we are living in peculiar times. What we have experienced during the past year represents a major downslide in democracy.  Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton squared off in the general election. The election was different. Regardless of who won, the results were going to be the same political gridlock and legal wrangling. The campaign set the stage for the political chaos that we are witnessing now. The […]

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  • Lawyers’ Committee Announces Settlement of Major Voting Rights Lawsuit in North Carolina

    Lawyers’ Committee Announces Settlement of Major Voting Rights Lawsuit in North Carolina

    Lawsuit Challenged Discriminatory Voting System That Denied African-American Voters a Fair Opportunity to Elect Candidates of Choice in Jones County for More than Two Decades   The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee), with the law firms of Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton LLP (Cleary Gottlieb), and Patterson Harkavy LLP announced a settlement the federal voting rights lawsuit filed on behalf of African American voters in Jones County, North Carolina. Filed in February, the lawsuit alleged that […]

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  • NAACP Rebukes President Trump’s Decision to Pardon Convicted Racist Joe Arpaio

    NAACP Rebukes President Trump’s Decision to Pardon Convicted Racist Joe Arpaio

    President Trump pardoned convicted felon, disgraced former sheriff, Joe Arpaio. The NAACP, the nation’s foremost civil rights organization, released the following statement. “Joe Arpaio ruled Maricopa County, Arizona with an iron-fist, under the guise of ‘law and order,’” said Derrick Johnson, interim president and CEO of the NAACP. “For decades, Arpaio used fear, cruelty and tyranny to advance his own political ambitions at the deaths and suffering of countless people of color. “Put simply, Arpaio is a remorseless criminal who took […]

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  • Author of “Civil Rights Baby” offers a prescription for racial healing: R-R-R

    Author of “Civil Rights Baby” offers a prescription for racial healing: R-R-R

    The United States needs to undertake R-R-R, a concept for acceptance and cohesive living together, said professor and author Nita Wiggins, in the wake of the clashes between white supremacists and citizens in Charlottesville, VA and Seattle, WA. Wiggins, who lived in both Charlottesville, Va., and Seattle, Wash., —the sites of the violence and at least one death— said the seeds of the conflicts took root decades earlier but became more venomous after the last three presidential cycles. Photo courtesy […]

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  • The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Issues Four Statements Regarding Important Civil Rights Issues

    The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Issues Four Statements Regarding Important Civil Rights Issues

    The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights issued four official statements, which can be viewed under “Highlights” on the Commission’s website. The statements relate to: Statement on Charlottesville, Virginia (by unanimous vote). Condemning the announced military ban on transgender individuals (by majority vote). Raising concern about reversal of the Department of Justice’s position in key voting rights cases (by majority vote). Disapproving the Department of Justice’s civil asset forfeiture policy (by unanimous vote). At its meeting today, the Commissioners also discussed […]

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  • Embrace racial healing to change hearts and minds: A statement from La June Montgomery Tabron, president & CEO, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

    Embrace racial healing to change hearts and minds: A statement from La June Montgomery Tabron, president & CEO, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

    Prior to the displays of hatred and the tragic loss of Heather Heyer, a young woman who seemingly embraced the virtues of healing, a transformation was taking place in Charlottesville, Virginia. This college town, where roughly 80 percent of the residents are white, culminated a lawful process in February when its City Council voted to remove the statue of Robert E. Lee from a city park. Passionate acts came from opposing sides, as opponents filed suit to stop the removal […]

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