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Friday
Apr 18th

Commentary

There's still a need for HBCUs

OK, this time, somebody actually did ask me.

I was asked, "What makes you think that your dad's experience nearly a century ago, or yours, nearly a half century ago, should inform any decision about education today?"
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A continuing portrait of inequality: The Black Child in today's America

"The world does not want and will never have the heroes and heroines of the past. What this age needs is an enlightened youth not to undertake the tasks like theirs but to imbibe the spirit of these great men and answer the present call of duty..." --Carter G. Woodson
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Blong Yang represents communities of color

In his recent commentary, (The Representation Gap, Insight News, Jan. 28), Jordan Ash laments the lack of an African-American presence on the Minneapolis City Council. Former Ward 5 council member Don Samuels – who was the only African-American council member – took himself out of the running for the council seat and in his stead, the voters elected Hmong-American Blong Yang. Full disclosure, I worked on council member Blong Yang's campaign staff. I am now his senior policy aide, and am African-American.
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OPINION: The representation gap

OPINION: The representation gapIn category after category, the Twin Cities keeps coming up as having the largest racial gap – jobs, education, housing, health – particularly between whites and African-Americans.

After last November's election, we can add another one – the political representation gap.
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'If I dated Black girls...'

'If I dated Black girls...'"I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood."

- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
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Treat children as children

Treat children as children"Most parents have long understood that kids don't have the judgment, the maturity, the impulse control and insight necessary to make complicated lifelong decisions." -- Bryan Stevenson, Equal Justice Initiative
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A concrete way to remember and honor Nelson Mandela

A concrete way to remember and honor Nelson MandelaLast month, all across the world people joined together to mourn former South African president and freedom fighter Nelson Mandela. There was a deep shared sense of loss at the passing of one of the rare human beings who truly helped change the world. He suffered extraordinary hardships, spent 27 years in prison, including 18 on Robben Island under the harshest conditions, and walked out ramrod straight, unbowed, full of a spirit of reconciliation, and offering a hand of peace and hope. He became the first Black President of his country and transformed the way we view leadership and our individual human ability to make the impossible possible.
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