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Commentary: What We Get Wrong About Closing the Racial Wealth Gap

Fortune Magazine, Monday, April 16, 2018
For decades we have been told that hard work and greater effort on the part of black Americans, not systemic reform, is the key to closing the racial wealth gap. Earlier this month a poll from The Economist/YouGov found that 40% of whites think that blacks could be just as well off as whites if... Read More »

Hank Aaron, still hammering for social justice, makes a visit to Durham

The News and Observer, Saturday, April 14, 2018
There is a story from his childhood that sticks with Hank Aaron. In Durham on Thursday, the Hall-of-Fame baseball player didn’t even tell the story. His good friend Andrew Young told it as if he’d heard it 100 one hundred times. As Aaron bashfully listened, Young, a civil rights leader who... Read More »

Season 3 of Gaby Dunn's Podcast BAD WITH MONEY Premieres on Panoply

Podcast - Bad With Money, Friday, April 13, 2018
In the first episode of season 3, Bullet-Speed Trains & Broken Stairwells (aka Structural Racism), Gaby and her guests tackle some hard truths about the massive wealth and achievement gap faced by Black people in the United States. Featuring Tricia Rose (Brown University professor and public... Read More »

Baseball legend Hank Aaron visits Duke for naming of summer research program

The Chronicle, Friday, April 13, 2018
There is no shortage of big names who have left a mark on Duke, and Thursday night, one of baseball's all-time greats added himself to the list. Hank Aaron and his wife Billye visited the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke for the official naming of the Hank and Billye Suber Aaron Young Scholars... Read More »

The Financial Challenges Facing Older Women

Forbes, Friday, April 13, 2018
A 2017 paper she wrote with her group’s president Anne Price (also a panelist) and researchers from the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity — Women, Wealth and Race — noted how older black and white women are often in different financial circumstances because white women benefit more from... Read More »

Duke's center on social equality names enrichment program after Hank Aaron, wife

WRAL, Thursday, April 12, 2018
Duke's Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity is naming its enrichment program for young scholars after Hank Aaron and his wife, Billye. Hank led the Milwaukee Braves to a World Series Championship in 1957, he also surpassed Babe Ruth's record with 714 home runs. 

What the Big New Study About Race and Mobility Doesn’t Tell Us

The Nation, Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Sources of non-wage income like stock options and inherited wealth vary greatly by race. Given the history of housing discrimination and job discrimination in the United States, inherited resources vary greatly. The Federal Reserve’s Survey of Consumer Finances found that 26 percent of... Read More »

What to See at Duke This Week: Hank Aaron

Duke Today, Monday, April 9, 2018
"Like many African-American baseball stars of the 1960s, Hank Aaron was as much a leader in his communities as he was on the field; in his case, Aaron’s wife Billye was with him matching his efforts. A career of promoting K-12 education – and their long friendship with Samuel DuBois Cook – brings... Read More »

Research finds black mothers’ infant mortality rate is about twice that of white women, and education doesn't help

CBSN Live, Friday, April 6, 2018
The infant mortality rate (IMR) is a key national indicator of population health. Despite technological advances in medicine, the IMR in the United States is exceptionally high relative to other developed countries — particularly for black infants. A new co-­released report from the Samuel... Read More »

Black infant mortality is more than twice as high as white infant mortality rate

Duke Chronicle, Thursday, April 5, 2018
Although medical advances in the past century have reduced infant mortality around the globe, the U.S. rate is still high compared to other developed countries. But the situation is even worse for black infants.  A new report from Duke’s Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity along with... Read More »

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