Inside Look

PSU’s Black Studies Department Marks 50 Years

By Saundra Sorenson, The Skanner News The Black Studies Department at Portland State University turns 50 next year, and according to faculty, it’s a hard-won anniversary–and a cause for celebration. Professor Emeritus Darnell Millner has been with the department for 45 of those years and recalls that 1970 saw the launching of many ethnic studies departments…

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‘Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools’

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia Black girls who have been subject to punitive school policies and practices are at an increased risk of coming into contact with the juvenile and criminal courts and leaving school altogether, ultimately impeding their ability to achieve future success and lead successful and healthy lives, according to…

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Visual artist LaToya Ruby Frazier to deliver Wofford College’s annual Chapman Lecture in the Humanities

Internationally renowned visual artist LaToya Ruby Frazier will deliver Wofford College’s annual Chapman Lecture in the Humanities at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, in the Jerome Johnson Richardson Theatre in the Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts. The talk, “Art as Transformation: Using Photography for Social Change,” is free and open to the public.…

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Education in the Segregated South: A Determined African American Culture

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia During segregation, Black schools in the South focused on building an environment of success for community children. Educator, activist and youth worker Derrick R. Brooms said black schools served multiple purposes – particularly during the Jim Crow era. “There are ways in which some Black schools during…

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Butterfield Introduces ‘BRIDGE Act’ to Push STEM Education, Employment

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia The United States will need an estimated 1 million more STEM professionals by 2022 to keep up with workforce demands, according to U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.). To help meet that need Butterfield has introduced HR 1586, which would amend the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Organization…

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Three White Pearland ISD Employees Named in Federal Lawsuit after Humiliating 13-Year Old Black Student by Blackening His Scalp with a Sharpie

By Jeffrey L. Boney, NNPA Newswire Contributor Laughing at the humiliation and degradation of a young and impressionable Black boy is intolerable but having that type of behavior displayed by the people directly responsible for the education and development of that young Black child is even more despicable. Better yet, what if it was your…

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Black Male Educators Sound Alarm Regarding Lack of Diversity in P-12 Classrooms

A diverse and inclusive education workforce can play a critical role in ensuring that students receive a robust, quality educational experience. While students of color comprise more than half of P-12 classroom populations in the United States, overcoming the shortage of educators of color has been a decades-long dilemma for U.S. schools.1 The shortage is…

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