Blogs & Op-eds

The English Language Is Under Attack. We Must Defend It.

Jul 19th, 2017 | By

By Raynard Jackson (NNPA Newswire Columnist) Over the past three hundred years, when foreigners contemplated immigrating to the United States, foremost in their minds was that they wanted to become Americans; sure they wanted better lives; they wanted to attend our universities; some fled oppression in their own countries, but becoming an American was the
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Why a Racially Diverse Faculty Matters

Jul 14th, 2017 | By

The faculty of public schools are still primarily white and female. We know this intuitively but it is also the data from the National Center for Education Statistics. Our students are much more diverse than the workforce. The demographics of America’s younger population is changing faster than its aging ones. According to Kids Data, the population of
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Electoral Politics Crucial for Blacks

Jul 14th, 2017 | By

In this surreal-like but painfully real era of Donald Trump, Black people must re-examine their values and demand more effective leadership. The general public has less confidence in electoral politics and government than it did 45 years ago, even with Richard Nixon’s downfall.  With good reason, Blacks have even less confidence than others in politicians and government’s effectiveness.  However, they generally do not hold elected officials accountable and continue to suffer the consequences
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Gentrification in Shaw isn’t so black and white

Jul 13th, 2017 | By

Shaw may not be the heart of Chocolate City anymore, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for people of color. In fact, there may actually be more chances to build community here. By this point you may have heard of Derek Hyra’s book Race, Class and Politics and the Cappuccino City. The American University assistant
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Letter from the DC Mayor

Jul 13th, 2017 | By

Dear Washingtonians, Today, on National Summer Learning Day, more than 4,000 DC Public Schools (DCPS) students are wrapping up their first extended school year. The students at our 11 DCPS extended year schools received 91,660 additional days and 595,790 additional hours of learning. All this additional time means less summer learning loss and more opportunities
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