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COOK SOCIETY HONORS LEADERS BUILDING A MORE INCLUSIVE CAMPUS

Duke Chronicle, Wednesday, February 20, 2019
In a year of milestones, the Samuel Dubois Cook Society paid special recognition Tuesday night to Vice President Benjamin Reese for his long leadership on institutional equity, and remembered the passing of Phail Wynn and Dr. Brenda Armstrong, two campus pioneers who changed Duke and Durham for the... Read More »

Beyond the Rising Tide: Reparations for Slavery Have to Be More Than a Symbol

The Intercept, Wednesday, February 20, 2019
WHEN HIP-HOP radio host Charlamagne tha God asked Sens. Cory Booker and Kamala Harris if they had a “specific agenda” for black Americans on his show, “The Breakfast Club,” earlier this month, it was clear that neither did. “I have a specific agenda for the American people,” started Booker... Read More »

Focus on Virginia blackface scandal misses a bigger point

CNN, Monday, February 18, 2019
(CNN)The blackface scandal that has ensnared three of Virginia's top officials provides an opportunity for America to address its long legacy of racism. There's a danger, though, that this teachable moment will be lost.  When racism is rendered a historic artifact rather than a present-day... Read More »

I’m Not Here to Answer Your Black History Month Questions

New York Times-The Edit, Wednesday, February 13, 2019
It’s a scene that may sound familiar to many black students. You’re one of few people of color in the room, and the discussion turns to race or black history. Then your entire class looks to you to weigh in. Matthew Kashay, a 17-year-old student from Los Angeles, remembers when a question came... Read More »

It’s not whether Kamala Harris is ‘black enough,’ critics say, but whether her policies will support native black Americans

The Inquirer, Monday, February 11, 2019
The day Kamala Harris announced she was running for president, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, no less, the senator from California seemed primed to dazzle. If nominated, the daughter of an Indian mother and Jamaican father would be the first black or Indian American woman to run for the White... Read More »

Trey Walk brings campus activism, community involvement to his campaign for Young Trustee

The Duke Chronicle , Monday, February 11, 2019
Young Trustee finalist Trey Walk, a senior, isn't afraid to speak out. Walk was a leader when a group of student protesters took to the stage during alumni weekend activities last April, and he's a member of several campus and community groups working on issues like homelessness and... Read More »

Time to live the politically impossible art of the Gospel

The National Catholic Reporter, Friday, February 8, 2019
Lost in recording the daily onslaught of lies from the president of the United States and of the public discourse over the individual racist culpability of Covington Catholic High School students or the governor of Virginia, is the greater lie upon which our nation and society is built.... Read More »

Why Successful New Businesses Are Still A Black And White Issue

WUNC North Carolina Public Radio, Wednesday, February 6, 2019
The Great Recession is behind us, and business is booming: new business especially. After a major slump, entrepreneurs are opening shop every month, from mom-and-pop stores to high-growth tech firms. But not all aspiring business owners are able to create the companies they would like to. ... Read More »

Why Is This Happening? Talking 'thick' descriptions with Tressie McMillan Cottom

NBC News, Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Why do we summarize things into "tweet-length versions?" It requires the flattening of nuance and personality and information that we need to talk about complicated things. Whether it’s the 280 characters of a tweet or a clickbait headline, we’re trafficking in hollowed out means of... Read More »

Welcome to Detroit, where black babies are at higher risk of death

The Guardian, Thursday, January 31, 2019
Kaiesha Rivers slowly lowered her aching body into her bathtub. It had been an exhausting day and all she wanted to do was relax. But a few minutes into soaking, she felt a rush of cold water down her leg followed by a deep pain in her cervix. “This can’t be,” Rivers thought. “Not again.” Her... Read More »

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