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The Comedy of Tragedy

By Juilanne Malveaux, economist, author, and Founder of Economic Education I don’t often write about comedians, but the recent passing of my friend Dick Gregory reminded me of the very important role that comedians play in our lives.  Not that Gregory was simply a comedian.  He was so much more than that – a civil rights…

Embrace Racial Healing to Change Hearts and Minds

By La June Montgomery Tabron, president & CEO, W.K. Kellogg Foundation (TriceEdneyWire.com) – 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,…

Making Racism Bad for Business

By Dr. E. Faye Williams (TriceEdneyWire.com) –  In 2015, CNN reported that 49 percent of Americans thought that racism was a big problem in the United States.  Not surprisingly, people of color and whites had significantly differing views regarding the subject.  66 percent of Blacks and 64 percent of Hispanics thought that racism was a…

After Charlottesville, push for real reforms

By Rev. Jesse L. Jackson. Sr. Racism, exposed once more in the terror visited on Charlottesville, Va., still scars America. Hundreds of neo-Nazis, white supremacists, klansmen and other fervid racists gathered — some armed with assault rifles, wearing camouflage. They marched with lit torches, yelling Nazi slogans, looking for trouble. They provoked the violence, terrorized…

Hypocrisy – Affirmative Action for Wealthy Immigrants, Not Students

(TriceEdneyWire.com) – In the same week that it was revealed that the Department of Injustice is spearheading attacks on affirmative action, our 45th President indicated his support for legislation that would drastically revive our nation’s immigration policy.  Instead of providing immigration opportunities to the families of people who are legal residents of our country, the…

Justice Department’s Assault on Affirmative Action Signals Aggressive Roll Back on Civil Rights

By Brenda Shum (TriceEdneyWire.com) – The Justice Department’s recent decision to assemble a team of attorneys to investigate and challenge race-based admissions signals another step forward in this Administration’s aggressive campaign to roll back civil rights protections for some of our most historically disadvantaged students, including transgender youth, women and girls, and students of color.…

The Future Lies in Land and Education

By Barney Blakeney I was watching something on television the other day when one of the characters said, “It’s the future that counts.” The comment made me reflect on what we so often think is important. It made me think about my maternal grandfather, Washington Miller. I never knew my grandfather. He died before I…

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Thanksgiving: A Happy Time For Some, Not All

By Beverly Gadson-Birch As we approach the Thanksgiving holidays, I am reminded of just how blessed I am. While I am counting my blessings, there will be those among us that are not as fortunate.  The poor, homeless and jobless will always be among us.  There will be those who feel like throwing in the…

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The American People

By Hakim Abdul-Ali   It’s now getting colder in most parts of the United States of America and all around the nation, “The American People” are being divided by more and more ethnic confusions and by additional external distrust in each other. These pervasive, internal factors are as real to some of the bald eagle’s…

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Sustainability Institute: Helping Change Lives

By Beverly Gadson-Birch   The longer I live, the less regrets I have.  It hasn’t always been that way.  It seems like such a long time ago that I was out living for the weekend like others of my generation. My generation is no different than the young people of today who have a very…

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For Charleston Sax Man, George Kenny – The Music’s In His DNA

By Barney Blakeney    I’ve been trying to pull together a story about Charleston musician George Kenny for years. The 84-year-old saxophone player was my high school music teacher and marching band director. Last week some of my old schoolmates from the gone, but not forgotten Charles A. Brown High, put something on Facebook about…

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Charleston County School Board Tossed A Bone To Garrett CAS Supporters

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Garrett Academy of Technology was established after closing out trades at Burke High School and a few other area high schools.  The Board’s decision at the time was to take the trades out of the high schools and place them at Garrett and allow students from each attendance area/county-wide to fill the…

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Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Awareness, Public Dialogue, and Action (Part 2)

By Miya Fowler (Part 1 of this series can be seen in the May 18, 2016 edition of The Chronicle and viewed online at: http://goo.gl/p90BFw) From Part 1: “According to Senator Matthews, South Carolina spends over $16,000 per child on incarceration, while spending only $11,000 per child on education; although estimates from other sources have…

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Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Awareness, Public Dialogue, and Action (Part 1)

By Miya Fowler   On Saturday, April 2, 2016, five college students and their professor visited the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center on Leeds Avenue. Upon returning to class to share their experiences with the rest of the students, undergraduate Zac McFarlane commented, “They made me realize that what we’re doing out here in this…

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With Liberty And Justice For ALL??? Part 1: Addressing The Epidemic Of Mass Incarceration In America

By James Johnson   According to recent data from the International Center For Prison Studies, the United States currently has the highest incarceration rate in the world. Isn’t it ironic that a country which holds itself out as being the “Land Of The Free” incarcerates a higher percentage of its population than any other nation?…

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