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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

A Tale of Two Graduations

By | Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux — I love graduations! I thoroughly enjoy the sense of achievement and possibility that permeates the air. Graduations signify an ending, but the term “commencement” is used to signify beginnings since they are not only an opportunity to mark completion, but also to mark the beginning of a new chapter of life. In some ways, commencements, regardless of the college or university, with the pomp and…

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Ghanaian Students Win World Robofest Competition

Ghanaian Students Win World Robofest Competition

By | News & Current Affairs

By Daily Guide Network (DGN) — GHANAIAN STUDENTS from Methodist Girls, Mamfe, have won the 2019 World Robofest competition. This year’s competition was held in Michigan, USA. The Robot Olympiad is a global robotics competition organized annually for youngsters. The competition uses Lego Mindstorms manufactured by LEGO Education. The maiden edition of the competition was held in 2004 in Singapore. DGN Online understands that the competition now attracts more than…

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National Museum of African American History and Culture

Debt-Free: Five Things to Know About the Billionaire Donor Behind That Morehouse Gift

By | News & Current Affairs

By Ade Adeniji, Inside Philanthropy — It’s graduation season again, as students around the country don their caps and gowns, receive cheers from family, and then scramble to move out of their dorms. At Morehouse College, the all-male historically black college founded in 1857 in Atlanta, the nearly 400-member class of 2019 watched billionaire private equity veteran Robert F. Smith deliver the commencement address and receive an honorary doctorate. Near…

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Black Billionaire Robert Smith Pays Off Student Loan Debt of 400 Morehouse Students

Black Billionaire Robert Smith Pays Off Student Loan Debt of 400 Morehouse Students

By | News & Current Affairs

By Lauren Victoria Burke, NNPA — During what will likely be seen as one of the most memorable graduation presents for parents and their children — a quiet African American billionaire delivered a welcomed surprise. At their graduation on May 19, investor and chemical engineer Robert Smith announced he would pay off the student loan debt of Morehouse’s 2019 graduating class. Morehouse’s graduating class is 400 strong. Smith’s graduation gift…

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Oprah donation will help fund Newark after-school program

Oprah donation will help fund Newark after-school program

By | News & Current Affairs

By News 12, Newark, NJ — Oprah Winfrey surprised students and teachers Friday at Newark’s West Side High School with a donation for $500,000. The visit and the donation was a surprise to many of the students – who still remained shocked Monday morning. “When Oprah came Friday, it was so surreal…everyone lost their minds,” said one student. The money will help fund the school’s Lights On program…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Forget the Adversity Score, Just Dump the SAT

By | Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Julianne Malveaux — The College Board, the organization that develops and administers the SAT test, has developed a new “adversity score” to augment the widely used college admissions examination. The fact that the College Board has had to create an “adversity score” is reason enough to discard the badly flawed SAT test, a test that many consider racially biased, and that only measures the likelihood of first-year college success….

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Thomas Craemer, associate professor of public policy, at the UConn Hartford campus

One Professor’s Journey to the Past Through Reparations

By | Commentaries/Opinions, Reparations

By Christine Buckley, UConn Today —  Last month, Georgetown University’s undergraduate students voted in favor of a referendum to voluntarily charge each student a fee to be paid into a fund benefiting the descendants of enslaved people that the university sold to save itself from financial ruin in the 19th century. The move came in response to the university’s lack of action on the recommendation of its own Working Group…

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Princeton Theological Seminary

Black Students to Princeton Seminary: Pay Reparations from $1B Endowment

By | Reparations

By LaMont Jones,  Diverse: Issues In Higher Education — It makes sense that African-American students at Princeton Theological Seminary have issued reparatory requests based on research tying much of the school’s current wealth to slavery, and it’s equally fitting that the school live up to its religious precepts in its response, according to some scholars. The Association of Black Seminarians (ABS) has proposed that the seminary commit at least 15…

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Georgetown students vote overwhelming in favor of $27 fee for slavery reparations

Georgetown students vote overwhelming in favor of $27 fee for slavery reparations

By | News & Current Affairs

The school still needs to approve the referendum before it could take effect. By Beatrice Peterson, Rachel Scott, Erica Y King and Christen Hill, ABC News — Georgetown University could become the first college in the nation to mandate a fee to benefit descendants of slaves sold by the university nearly 200 years ago — a debate that takes place against the backdrop of a broader political conversation unfolding on the 2020 presidential campaign…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Unfit, Unprepared, Unworthy: Betsy Devoid and the Department of Education

By | Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Julianne Malveaux — Betsy “Devoid” (of good sense), also known as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, is an aberration, an abomination, an abscess on the complexion of educational policy and equity. She has been so egregious that at least two members of Congress, Katherine Clark (D-Ma) and Mark Pocan (D_WI) have called for her resignation because of her abject indifference to young people, especially those who are Black, Brown and…

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