Lawmakers reconsider mandatory minimum prison sentences

Prison reform advocates are putting pressure on lawmakers and the Obama administration to reconsider policies surrounding mandatory minimums, particularly the incarceration of blacks and minorities, who make up the overwhelming majority of the nation’s prison population.

Report finds Haitian descendants denied education in Dominican Republic

Report finds Haitian descendants denied education in Dominican Republic Description: Children of Haitian descent are increasingly being barred from access to primary and secondary education in the Dominican Republic in the wake of a controversial court decision to strip Dominicans ...

Steven Rogers - Harvard Business School Professor and successful entrepreneur

At Harvard Business School, Steve Rogers teaches select students from around the world how to be successful entrepreneurs, drawing upon his two decades as a business professor at elite universities and his own experience owning profitable companies. “I’m a regular ...

Three New Orleans schools face civil rights complaints

On April 15, New Orleans attorneys Anna Lellelid and Bill Quigley filed a civil rights complaint on behalf of parents and students requesting local, state, and federal investigations into three schools, including Carver Collegiate, Sci Academy and Carver Prep, regarding ...

Obama administration pushing clemency agenda

President Obama and AG Eric Holder are taking measures to correct the racial disparity in sentences for drug crimes. The Fair Sentencing Act into law in 2010 to reduce racial sentencing disparities for crack-cocaine offenders; then he released eight men ...

Ohio governor, legislature seen undercutting voter rights

Since 2012, there has been a flurry of legislation in Ohio that could reduce broad participation in elections.

Amid Detroit beating story, acts of racial reconciliation

By now, everyone in Detroit has had an opportunity to show love for Steve Utash, whose beating by a mob after he stopped to help a child he struck with his pickup truck has sparked outrage. It’s also fueled efforts ...

Immigrant activists arrested in Boston protesting U.S. deportations

Immigration activists blocking the Suffolk County House of Correction in Boston were arrested last week as a part of a national protest of the Obama administration’s immigration policies, which have resulted in the deportation of 2 million undocumented immigrants.

Scholars mull Obama’s record on race issues

A funny thing happened to Professor Matthew Whitaker on his way to the Barack Obama and American Democracy Conference at Tufts University. "I got a text message from my mother," the Arizona State University Foundation Professor of History said. "She ...

Simmons College professor Afaa Michael Weaver wins prestigious poetry award

Some might be surprised that the most recent winner of the prestigious $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, the 62-year-old Afaa Michael Weaver, grew up in one of the most notoriously dangerous neighborhoods in America — the Baltimore ‘hood immortalized in ...

U.S. government paying to undermine Internet security

The Heartbleed computer security bug is many things: a catastrophic tech failure, an open invitation to criminal hackers and yet another reason to upgrade our passwords on dozens of websites. But more than anything else, Heartbleed reveals our neglect of ...

Projections show rapidly changing U.S. racial makeup

By 2042, so-called racial minority groups will make up the majority of the U.S. population.

African Americans say parent involvement key to education success

The “lack of parental involvement” is the biggest issue affecting black students’ quality of education.

Children of undocumented unaware of amnesty program

Cynthia Tejeda was both nervous and hopeful as she waited in a long line at the Mexican Consulate Office in Los Angeles last week to speak with an immigration attorney.

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship preps minorities for careers in academia

As he was finishing his doctorate at Brown University, Gene Andrew Jarrett received job offers from Boston University and the University of Maryland, College Park. In 2002, Jarrett chose Maryland to start his teaching career.