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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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Educator Spotlight: Donald Hense

By Curtis Valentine The African-American community’s fight for quality education requires constant dedication and reflection on successful strategies to educate our children. Donald Hense and the Friendship Charter Network is an example of success worthy of recognition. Hense is the founder and board chairman of the Friendship Charter Network, the largest African-American-led charter school network…

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Kids Count Report: S.C. 39th, Black Children Still Last

By Barney Blakeney The Annie E. Casey Foundation June 18 released its 30th edition KIDS COUNT Data Book. The Data Book ranks states in areas of child well-being. South Carolina ranked 39 among the 50 United States. And in South Carolina, African American children fared worse in nearly every category. The report that charts statistics as recent…

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