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21 Racial Microaggressions You Hear On A Daily Basis

“Photographer Kiyun asked her friends at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus to “write down an instance of racial microaggression they have faced.” The term “microaggression” was used by Columbia professor Derald Sue to refer to “brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial […]

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Nuestra América

We’ll see you there!

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Starbucks Exposes 2 Americas — the One White People Love and the One Black People Live in

“Recently, a video hit social media showing a black man at a California Starbucks not being allowed to use the bathroom, as a white customer was easily granted access. On Tuesday, the company announced that it will close more than 8,000 stores on May 29 to conduct racial-bias education for its employees “geared toward preventing […]

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It’s Time to Talk about Grief

“College students on campuses across the United States have been engaging in critical conversations about mental health at both the individual and institutional levels, but there is one condition that all too frequently goes overlooked. It is time that we talk about grief, recognize it as a mental health condition, and address it as such […]

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Why America’s Black Mothers and Babies Are in a Life-or-Death Crisis

“The answer to the disparity in death rates has everything to do with the lived experience of being a black woman in America.” Read the full story

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Patriots Owner Calls for Reform after Meek Mill Prison Visit

“New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is calling for reform of the criminal justice system after visiting rapper Meek Mill in a Pennsylvania prison.” Read the full story

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Martin Luther King Jr.’s Last Sermon ‘I’ve Been to the Mountaintop’ Inspires Courage and Hope

“Thank you very kindly, my friends. As I listened to Ralph Abernathy and his eloquent and generous introduction and then thought about myself, I wondered who he was talking about. It’s always good to have your closest friend and associate to say something good about you. And Ralph Abernathy is the best friend that I […]

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6 Books to Read in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Death

“Historians and biographers have spent much ink celebrating and interrogating the life and influence of Martin Luther King, Jr. in the 50 years since his assassination on April 4, 1968. Readers interested to know more about the iconic civil rights hero can choose from a wide range of literary options — from shorter books that […]

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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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