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All students benefit from minority teachers

Despite the cry from people of color for more teachers who look like them, both Whites and Blacks benefit from a more diverse teaching force, according to a study by Center of American Progress.

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Obama acts to ease student loan debt

From 2003 to 2014, student debt in America skyrocketed from $250 million to $1.2 trillion, surpassing credit card debt. As more students, especially Black students, rely on grants and loans to get through college, President Barack Obama has stepped up with a series of executive orders to ease the pain of borrowers in college and after they graduate.

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Mobilizing key groups can change politics of the Deep South

As voters’ rights advocates and civil rights leaders commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1964 “Freedom Summer” in Mississippi, a new study by the Center for American Progress finds that shifting demographics in the South can help to accelerate meaningful social and political change.

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New report: Blacks are ‘beyond broke’

The growing racial wealth gap – $200 in median wealth for Blacks in 2011 and $23,000 for Whites – threatens national economic security in the United States, according to a recent report by the Center for Global Policy Solutions.

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Obama’s Promise Zones: Only one is majority-Black

Despite the disproportionate impact of poverty found in African American communities, only one of President Barack Obama’s “Promise Zones,” is majority-Black, according to a new report.

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Generic drug labeling changes cause concern

A proposed rule change for generic drug labels, crafted by the Food and Drug Administration, could cost patients, health care providers and drug manufacturers billions of dollars and limit access to affordable prescription drugs for minorities and the poor, according to more than a dozen organizations that serve people of color.

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Full-time employment hurts Black students’ full-time enrollment

More than 60 percent of Black students could receive greater financial aid for college through the Pell Grant program, if they were enrolled full-time, according to a new report by the National Urban League.

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Controversy surrounds ‘My Brother’s Keeper’

A controversy last week over potential funding linked to President Barack Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative underscored concerns that groups led by people of color have expressed over access to public and private sector resources.

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Sentenced to die: Too many innocent Blacks executed

Since 1973, more than 300 innocent defendants have been sentenced to death, largely because Blacks are overrepresented among murder convictions and among those who are wrongfully condemned to die, according to a recent report.

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Megacommunities bridge STEM gap

In an effort to address persistent racial disparities in science and engineering careers, educators and community stakeholders have embraced the “megacommunity” model of cooperation.



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