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One Man. One March. One Speech. One Dream.

“The March on Washington was a peaceful demonstration for racial equality. But it would not have happened without the beatings, arrests and violent struggle for civil rights that had already engulfed the Deep South.” Read the full story

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Sacramento Celebrates The Life Of Stephon Clark — And Demands Justice For His Death

“Two Sacramento police fatally shot Clark, a father of two, on March 18 outside of his grandparents’ home after neighbors had called police to investigate someone hiding in one of their backyards. Footage from both police body cameras and helicopter coverage showed officers opening fire on Clark; they later said they mistook his cell phone […]

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Baccalaureate 2018

Check out the speakers for this year’s Baccalaureate!

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Extensive Data Shows Punishing Reach of Racism for Black Boys

“Black boys raised in America, even in the wealthiest families and living in some of the most well-to-do neighborhoods, still earn less in adulthood than white boys with similar backgrounds, according to a sweeping new study that traced the lives of millions of children.” Read the full story

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Urban Ministry Reconsidered: Contexts and Approaches

Upcoming Publication with a chapter by Chaplain Jewelnel Davis:

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Military Ball

Chaplain Davis offered Invocation at Columbia University Military Ball on March 24, 2018 Sponsored by Columbia University Center for Veteran Transition and Integration, School of General Studies

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Decades Later, Memphis to Compensate Black Sanitation Strikers of 1968

“Every night I go down there, I see someone taking pictures,” said Mr. Nickleberry, one of the hundreds of black sanitation men who mounted a strike in 1968 to protest working conditions in a Southern city that was deeply split by race. “And that does something to me when I think about what happened.” Read […]

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Recently Discovered Journal Reveals Tragic Story of Poland’s Anne Frank

In the last days of July 1942, Nazis torched synagogues and seized Jewish businesses in Przemysl, a city in southeastern Poland that had been divided between Nazi and Soviet occupation. As some 22,000 Jews were rounded up for deportation to death camps, 18-year-old Renia Spiegel sat terrified in her hiding place. Read the full story

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It’s Hard to Study if You’re Hungry

Last fall, students at two of the nation’s premier historically black colleges, Spelman and Morehouse, went on a hunger strike. They weren’t protesting policymakers in Washington. They were pressuring their schools to allow students to donate unused meal plan vouchers to those on campus who needed them. Read the full story

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‘Broke’ Jobs Had No Phone

The mastermind of the iPhone, Steve Jobs, did not even own a phone at all when he dropped out of college and was searching for a paying gig. Read the full story

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