Political wins showcase Black college excellence

The wins of Howard University alum/Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, Morehouse College alum U.S. Senator-elect Rev. Raphael Warnock and help from political organizer and Spelman College graduate Stacy Abrams was summed up in a viral Jan. 5 tweet:

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated celebrates their 110th year

Tuesday, Jan. 5, members of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated celebrated their 110th year. Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated was founded Jan. 5, 1911, at Indiana University.

De Blasio expands school COVID ‘situation room’

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is looking to beef up his school coronavirus task force.

Zelia Page Breaux: A music teacher who mentored Ralph Ellison

One of the longest entries in “The Achieving Black Woman in Oklahoma, Past and Present” edited by Etta Perkins, Christine Pappas and R. Darcy is on Zelia Page Breaux (1880-1956).

Dr. Oliver Cromwell Cox, a cogent arbiter of class, race and caste

If nothing else, Isabel Wilkerson’s bestseller Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, has resurrected a longstanding debate among scholars about the relevance of the term, particularly when caste was defined by the sociologist Oliver Cromwell Cox.

De Blasio and Carranza announce 2020-2021 school admissions process

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza announced changes to the middle and high school admissions process for NYC Department of Education (DOE) public schools beginning this winter for the 2021-22 school year.

High school students urged to apply for NYS Summer School for the Arts

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2021 New York State Summer School of the Arts (NYSSSA).

Elizabeth Carter Brooks, architect and women’s club leader

In recent columns male African American architects such as Vertner Handy and George Washington Foster have been featured.

COMMENTARY: Redefining learning for students of color in the age of COVID-19

Each year before this one, NYC schools administered the NYS assessments to elementary and middle school students in the areas of math, English Language Arts (ELA) and science.

Black architectural forerunner, George Washington Foster, Jr.

Several years ago after featuring the famed architect Vertner Tandy in this column, we promised to profile his partner one day.

Closed schools lead to a digital divide in NYC

Just this week Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that elementary schools will reopen Dec. 7. Students with complex disabilities can return Dec. 10.

Virginia Proctor Powell Florence, her degree in library science a first for a Black woman

There are hundreds of notable African American women librarians in the nation’s history, including Jean Blackwell Hutson, Regina Anderson Andrews, Dorothy Porter Wesley and Clara Stanton Jones, all of whom have been featured in this column.

Poll shows racial and income disparities in distance learning in NJ

The results of a new poll by the New Jersey Children’s Foundation revealed that not only do families want a better remote education experience but that there are stark racial and income disparities when it comes to access to the ...

Harun Kofi Wangara (Harold G. Lawrence), a gifted teacher and historian

A week or so ago, while researching the life and times of the late poet Naomi Long Madgett, I came across the name of Harold Lawrence

Margaret Danner, a poet who framed wonderful word structures

Asked to name a Black woman poet from Chicago, Gwendolyn Brooks is the usual response.