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Sep 19th

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Why Black America desperately needs another Charles Hamilton Houston

Why Black America desperately needs another Charles Hamilton HoustonDespite a downturn in the economy and skyrocketing unemployment rates, engineers of social change are in high demand. These engineers seek to create transformation in their communities through the exercise of leadership. Engineers of social change recognize that leadership is about leveraging one's influence to remedy injustices and eradicate systems of marginalization. Needed now more than ever are social engineers within the African American community, who will seek to address emerging racial justice issues like mass incarceration and disparities in the educational system.
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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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