Strong programs, strong mentors, and strong mindsets
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 14:04
Marian Wright Edelman
We know the commonly repeated claim that there are more Black men in prison than in college isn't true—but in 2011 Black men accounted for fewer than 6 percent of undergraduate students and 4 percent of graduate students, though they made up 8.7 percent of 18-29 year olds. Many who go to college never graduate. At a recent symposium co-sponsored by the Children's Defense Fund and the Educational Testing Service on "Advancing Success for Black Men in College," the focus was on solutions and how to get more young men to attend and graduate from college. The marvelous opening panel featured four Black men in college sharing their experiences including the opportunities that helped them most—and the advice they would give to an audience of third grade Black boys.
Coach McKenzie weighs in on discussion of police brutality
Monday, 18 August 2014 15:32
Ryan T. Scott
It can be difficult to explain to youth why the police might assault an unarmed citizen, especially in the citizen's own home. As the investigation continues for the charge of police brutality against community organizer Al Flowers, Insight News takes a look at the culture of solutions through the eyes of various community leaders.
National spotlight exposes culture of racism, harassment and brutality
Monday, 18 August 2014 15:22
Harry Colbert, Jr., Contributing Writer
"The death of Michael Brown is heartbreaking, and Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to his family and his community at this very difficult time. As Attorney General Holder has indicated, the Department of Justice is investigating the situation along with local officials, and they will continue to direct resources to the case as needed. I know the events of the past few days have prompted strong passions, but as details unfold, I urge everyone in Ferguson, Missouri, and across the country, to remember this young man through reflection and understanding. We should comfort each other and talk with one another in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds. Along with our prayers, that's what Michael and his family, and our broader American community, deserve." – President Barack Obama
Slow responses on the behalf of West African nations and the international community have allowed the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa to transition into a full scale international bio-hazard. Officials of the World Health Organization (WHO) state there have been more than 730 deaths, including 60 health workers, from West Africa's first and current Ebola outbreak. The disease has infiltrated Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia and most recently Nigeria. The fears by the international community that the disease will spread to neighboring countries have been realized. This is especially concerning, because the disease is not curable and carries with it an up to 90 percent fatality rate. Dr. Margaret Chan, the WHO director general, has stated that if the contagion is not contained soon the effects could be, "catastrophic."
Al Flowers stepped to the press conference microphone and led with a tone of levity and appreciation. This was the response coming from a man recently thumped by several police officers late at night in his own home.
A Mississippi Freedom Summer pilgrimage: An atrocity we must never forget
Monday, 04 August 2014 15:15
Marian Wright Edelman and Julia Cass
Along a back road near Philadelphia, Mississippi, was the final stop on our step-by-step journey through the final tragic day of Freedom Summer volunteers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner. Our guide was Leroy Clemons, a longtime local leader and activist whose family was involved in the civil rights movement in Neshoba County and who is prominently featured in the excellent documentary "Neshoba: The Price of Freedom."