St. Francis College celebrates new graduates

It was the perfect day for an outdoor graduation at Brooklyn Bridge Park, as almost 400 St. Francis College students and thousands of friends and family celebrated the College’s Spring 2017 Commencement, Wednesday, May 24.

Daniel A.P. Murray, an eminent librarian and bibliophile

Not until Elizabeth Dowling Taylor published her book, “The Original Black Elite: Daniel Murray and the Story of a Forgotten Era” (Amistad Press, 2017) was I aware of Murray and his role in the Black elite of Washington, D.C. as ...

NYCLU report: NYPD racially profiling kids in public schools

A report released by the New York Civil Liberties Union May 8 reveals that the NYPD in city schools are handcuffing Black and Hispanic students disproportionately to their Caucasian counterparts.

Brotherhood/Sister Sol nets $1 million at recent gala

The stars were out last Wednesday as Brotherhood/Sister Sol hosted its ninth annual VOICES benefit gala. This year’s event was held at Gotham Hall in Midtown and honored actor Jeffrey Wright and famed visual artist Carrie Mae Weems.

Report urges New York school districts to better protect immigrant students and families

With more than 190,000 immigrant students across New York State in public school, the recent scare of Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers looking for a student at a Queens school has undocumented immigrants living in more fear.

What it's like to be the target of racist incidents on campus

Taylor Dumpson was elated. On May 1, she became student government president at American University -- the first African-American woman ever to hold the job.

State education department seeks public comment on new education plan

The New York State Education Department this week presented to the Board of Regents and released for public review and comment the draft Every Student Succeeds Act plan.

Malcolm X Conference for Self-Determination

This May 19 and 20 the December 12th Movement is calling on our community to respect and celebrate Malcolm X by participating in the Malcolm X Conference for Self-Determination.

World War II hero Carl E. Clark honored before his death

The failure of the U.S. to recognize the valor and courage of Black American soldiers, sailors and other military personnel is nothing new, and the topic surfaced again when Carl Clark, 66 years after his heroic act during World War ...

Rutgers University-Newark debate team makes historic win

Two members of the Rutgers University-Newark debate team were recently honored at Newark City Hall after they became the first African-American partnership to score first and second place in the National Debate Tournament.

Bethune-Cookman grads boo Betsy DeVos at commencement

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos faced an auditorium of jeering Bethune-Cookman University graduates Wednesday as she gave a commencement address that many students and graduates said she was in no place to deliver.

Protests to greet DeVos at historically black college commencement address

A leading civil rights group on Monday called for the resignation of top leaders at a historically black university where Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is set to deliver the commencement address.

AKA President, lawmakers condemn racist act at American University

A day after Taylor Dumpson, who is an African American woman, was elected to be student body president at American University, nooses and bananas (some with the words “AKA Free” on them) were found hanging in various places on the ...

Playwright and activist Lorraine Hansberry, was young, gifted and Black

Finding a female counterpart to the remarkable August Wilson is not easy, but Lorraine Hansberry comes close, and she came to mind additionally as we prepare for Malcolm X’s birthday May 19, which she shared.

Honoring August Wilson: Holding hallowed cultural ground

In the month of remembering, reading and raising up the work and life of August Wilson (April 27, 1945-Oct. 2, 2005), arguably the most successful and celebrated playwright in U.S. history, one is unavoidably impressed with his unswerving, deep-rooted love ...