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Kellogg Foundation launches racial reconciliation initiative

In an effort to address the centuries of racism and structural inequality in the United States, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation has announced its plans to establish Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation, a program that will illuminate the impact of racism throughout society and bring diverse communities together to find solutions.

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Northeastern professors study role of Twitter in Black Lives Matter movement

Messages from black Ferguson residents on Twitter played an outsize role in shaping the national conversation around race and police violence following Brown’s death, say Northeastern University’s Sarah J. Jackson and Brooke Foucault Welles.

Harvard professor studies streets named for MLK

As the country celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day this week, many of the monuments to his legacy — he nearly 900 streets across the country that bear his name — are plagued by the same racial and socioeconomic injustices that he once fought against.

Tufts Univ. acquires Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter’s papers

The personal papers of the late boxing legend Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, who spent 19 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of triple murder, are now available to the public at Tufts University.

Experts see little threat with Syrian refugees

United States uses exhaustive background checks to vet refugees, accepts relatively few

More than half of the governors across the country — all but one Republican — have vowed to block the resettlement of Syrian refugees within their borders, arguing that the risk of terrorism is too high to provide safe haven to those displaced by Syria’s civil war.

Study measures impact of recent US immigration

Nation has become more diverse since laws changed in ’65

The influx of 59 million immigrants into the United States in the last 50 years has dramatically changed the nation’s demographics, and immigration in coming decades will continue to alter the racial and ethnic makeup of the U.S. population, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center.

Charter school proponents push ballot question

Measure would raise cap on new schools

A coalition is pushing forward with an initiative that would increase the number of charter schools in Massachusetts, collecting signatures necessary to secure a spot on the 2016 ballot. The proposal, “An Act to Allow Fair Access to Public Charter Schools,” calls for the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to raise the cap on charter school growth and allow up to 12 new institutions or expansions per year. This, supporters, say, will help meet demand at a time when they say more than 37,000 students across the state and 13,000 in Boston sit on waiting lists for charter schools.

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Trump’s rise pushes GOP further right

Dog-whistle rhetoric alienates large segments of electorate

At a news conference last week, Donald Trump told Mexican American news anchor Jorge Ramos — who is often called the Walter Cronkite of Latino America — to “go back to Univision” after he questioned the Republican presidential frontrunner about his immigration plan. For many political observers, the comment was a form of racial dog whistling, a not-so-subtly coded way of saying, “Go back to Mexico.”

Activists advancing millionaires’ tax

Tax would only affect income over $1m

The “Fair Share Amendment,” put forth by the coalition Raise Up Massachusetts, would bump up the income tax rate by four percent for those who make more than $1 million per year, thus generating additional revenue for state education and transportation systems.

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Black Lives Matter activists: change slow in coming

Growing awareness, growing body count

A year after the death of Michael Brown at the hands of a Ferguson, Missouri police officers, activists with the Black Lives Matter movement say little has changed. While there is a growing awareness of police misconduct, video recordings of police abuse and officer-involved shootings continue to flood into social media, suggesting police departments are unwilling or unable to curtail abusive officers.

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A presidential perspective on race

Obama savors victories, makes case for racial justice

It was a remarkable week for President Obama: On Monday he commuted the sentences of 46 nonviolent drug offenders; on Tuesday he called for sweeping criminal justice reform in an address to the NAACP; and on Thursday he became the first sitting president to visit a federal prison.

Videos of police shootings seen shifting debate on police abuse

The video that emerged last week of a white police officer gunning down an unarmed African American man, Walter Scott, a 50-year-old father of four, is the latest in a horrific string of police killings caught on film. Within the past year, Americans have witnessed the deaths of Eric Garner in Staten Island, Tamir Rice in Cleveland, and John Crawford, III in Dayton, Ohio. Those cases and others documented in cell phone videos have sparked a public debate around policing, race and the criminal justice system.

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Midterm elections see more Latinos seated in Congress

Latinos posted groundbreaking wins in Congress in the 2014 election, with five new candidates, both Democrats and Republicans, claiming seats in the House. These victories will bring the total number of Latino members of Congress up to 32 — the highest ever.

Study: Whites less likely to support criminal justice reforms that benefit blacks

A pair of Stanford University professors found that whites are less likely to support criminal justice reforms when shown that the reforms would have a positive effect on blacks.

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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 of Haitian origin of their citizenship, according to a new report.

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Tufts author shines spotlight on ‘60s activist Stokely Carmichael

When Peniel E. Joseph was in junior high school, he watched “Eyes on the Prize,” the critically acclaimed documentary chronicling the Civil Rights Movement, and discovered a figure he had never heard of before — Stokely Carmichael.

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William P. Jones’ ‘The March on Washington’ examines radical roots of march

William P. Jones: The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom, and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights, offers a historical look into the making of the march from its radical roots in the 1940s to the organizational role of labor unions and women’s groups, and its ambitious economic agenda.

Report: Racial gap persists in marijuana arrests possession

African Americans are nearly four times more likely than whites to be arrested for marijuana possession, despite similar rates of drug use, a new report released by the American Civil Liberties Union reveals.

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"Race to Incarcerate: A Graphic Retelling" illustrates exploding incarceration rates

Graphic novel adapts seminal 1999 work by the same name

Over the past four decades, the U.S. prison population has skyrocketed — jumping from about 250,000 in the early 1970s to more than 2.3 million today — so that now, the country’s incarceration rate towers above that of every other country in the world.

Report: Massachusetts wages lag behind living expenses

An estimated four out of 10 two-parent households in Massachusetts aren’t earning enough to make ends meet, according to a new report released by Crittenton Women’s Union, a Boston-based social servi

CWU’s research shows that in Massachusetts, a family of four made up of two parents and two young children needs at least $73,776 per year to meet their basic expenses without government assistance. This number includes bare bones housing, utilities, childcare, food, transportation, health care, taxes and personal items — and no luxuries such as eating out, entertainment or vacations, or financial investments such as paying off loans or building up a savings account.

Thomas Flint, former trial court officer, seeks justice

The Roxbury native worked for the Massachusetts Trial Court for more than 20 years until he was fired in September 2009.

Flint, 45, is a former court officer who, in 2009, was fired from the Massachusetts Trial Court for allegedly getting into a verbal altercation with another court officer. Suspecting racial discrimination, the 20-year veteran of the courts took his case to the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, and in 2011, received a “probable cause” ruling backing his version of the story. Next month, starting June 3, Flint goes to a public hearing to determine a settlement against the Trial Court.

Report: Massachusetts wages lag behind living expenses

Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil An estimated four out of 10...

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Thomas Flint, former trial court officer, seeks justice

Former court officer Thomas Flint stands in front...

Voting Rights Act explored in ‘Bending Toward Justice’

Supreme Court heard oral arguments for Shelby County v. Holder, a case that challenges the constitutionality of a key provision in the 1965 Voting Rights Act,

Earlier this year, when the Supreme Court heard oral arguments for Shelby County v. Holder, a case that challenges the constitutionality of a key provision in the 1965 Voting Rights Act, Justice Antonin Scalia said that renewing the historic legislation would amount to a “perpetuation of racial entitlement.” “I don’t think that’s attributable to the fact that it is so much clearer now that we need this,” Scalia said about Congress’ near-unanimous renewal of the Voting Rights Act in 2006. “I think it is attributable, very likely attributable, to a phenomenon that is called perpetuation of racial entitlement … Whenever a society adopts racial entitlements, it is very difficult to get out of them through the normal political processes.”

Images of bondage, liberation become theme of new book

“What does freedom look like?” For years, historian Barbara Krauthamer grappled with this question, digging through photographic collections in archives across the country looking for an answer.

“What does freedom look like?” For years, historian Barbara Krauthamer grappled with this question, digging through photographic collections in archives across the country looking for an answer. Krauthamer, a professor at UMass Amherst, had researched slavery and emancipation before, but after stumbling across some photographs of enslaved people, she became particularly interested in the visual record of bondage and liberation.

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Images of bondage, liberation become theme of new book

This photograph, taken in 1905, shows an Emancipation Day celebration in Richmond, Va., and is one...

New PBS documentary probes war on drugs in ‘The House I Live In’

In 1971, President Richard Nixon launched the War on Drugs and argued that drug...

Biography dispels myths about legend of Rosa Parks

While everyone knows the story of how she stood up to segregation by refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger, Jeanne Theoharis, a political science professor at Brooklyn College, says that few appreciate — or even know about — the fullness of Parks’ activism throughout her 92-year life.

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Biography dispels myths about legend of Rosa Parks

A new biography penned by Jeanne Theoharis sheds light...

Photo essay features never-before-seen images of historic March on Washington

Black History

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, a new photo essay featuring never-before-published images from the historic rally has just been released. The book of stunning black and white images, “This is the Day: The March on Washington,” features the work of American photographer Leonard Freed, and also includes a foreword by civil rights leader Julian Bond, an essay by Georgetown professor Michael Eric Dyson and an afterword by scholar Paul M. Farber.

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‘That relentless spirit’

Photo essay features never-before-seen images of historic March on Washington This photo was taken on Aug. 28,...

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Obama invokes legacies of King, Lincoln at 2nd inauguration

Obama’s inaugural address before a crowd of 700,000 on Monday was lit by the torch...

‘Soul Food Junkies’ set to premiere on PBS

‘Soul Food Junkies’ set to premiere on PBS

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‘Soul Food Junkies’ set to premiere on PBS

Critically-acclaimed filmmaker and Northeastern alum Byron Hurt returned to...

New book explores Obama’s use of Black Language

In their new book, “Articulate While Black,” Alim, director of the Center for Race, Ethnicity and Language at Stanford University, and Smitherman, director of the African American Language and Literacy Program at Michigan State University, explore the many instances Barack Obama employed Black Language during his 2008 presidential bid — a tactic they argue was key to his success. -

New book explores Obama’s use of Black Language

Days before his inauguration as President of the United States in 2009, Barack...

The most dysfunctional Congress ever?

Polls suggest yes, as partisanship limits legislative productivity

From the debt ceiling fight, which resulted in the first-ever downgrading of the U.S. credit rating, to House Republicans voting on 33 separate occasions to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s vow to make President Obama a one-term president, the 112th Congress has been defined by partisanship, obstructionism and an inability to get things done, leading many to wonder: Could this be the worst Congress in history? Most Americans seem to think so. According to Gallup, Congress’ approval rating hit an all-time low of 10 percent in August of this year, and hasn’t been above 20 percent since June of 2011. Other polling outlets showed Congress dipping to a 9 percent approval rating.

The most dysfunctional Congress ever?

Polls suggest yes, as partisanship limits legislative productivity Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil With the 2012...

Prison’s invisible men skew view of black progress

After President Barack Obama’s resounding electoral victory earlier this month, many are crediting massive...

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Shirley Sherrod rebounds with 'The Courage to Hope'

Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil When Shirley Sherrod got a call from the...

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Elijah Wald is an award-winning blues guitarist and author of “The Dozens: A History of...

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‘Life After Murder’ details parolees seeking redemption

(L-R): Jesse Reed, Don Cronk, Eddie Ramirez, Philip Seiler and Rich Rael stand in front...

Chef Marcus Samuelsson discusses new memoir

Over the past several decades, African Americans have broken down racial barriers in nearly...

Gov. Patrick signs ‘three strikes’ bill

After days of back and forth with the state legislature, Gov. Deval Patrick agreed...

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'Three strikes' bill on Gov. Patrick's desk

Black leaders held a press conference outside of the State House Wednesday morning opposing the “three strikes” legislation. Speakers...

‘Three strikes’ bill up for vote this month

Thirteen years to the day after his 27-year-old daughter, Melissa, was murdered, Les...

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Memorial Church names new minister

Jonathan L. Walton has been named the...

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High schooler brings single-stream recycling to BPS

City Councilor At-Large Felix Arroyo and Boston Arts Academy sophomore Nadia Issa are working to...

Low expectations partly to blame for achievement gap

Last year, fourth-graders in Massachusetts performed higher than the national average in reading and...