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William “Sandy” Darity Jr. interview: “If you think something’s the right thing to do, then you pursue it.”

Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, Monday, June 3, 2019
Reparations for African Americans are in the news these days as presidential candidates consider whether and how to support such initiatives. Pundits weigh in. Writers opine. Politicians test waters. The debate is far from new, obviously. Union General William Sherman promised 40 acres (and later,... Read More »

African-American families lost billions due to predatory housing contracts: report

New York Daily News, Saturday, June 1, 2019
African-American families in Chicago lost between $3 billion and $4 billion in wealth because of predatory housing contracts during the 1950s and 1960s, according to startling a new report. On May 30, the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University and the Nathalie P. Voorhees... Read More »

Story+ program uses archival research to rethink storytelling

Duke Chronicle , Saturday, June 1, 2019
On May 16, Duke students in the Story+ program began their two-day bootcamp to train in various humanities research methods. Unlike the typical image of a researcher in a lab, hovering over an experiment, the six-week Story+ program focuses on methods such as archival research, visual and audio... Read More »

William R. Davie Middle S.T.E.M. Academy "Resilient Today, Triumphant Tomorrow!"

WBEZ News, Thursday, May 30, 2019
Black families in Chicago lost between $3 billion and $4 billion in wealth because of predatory housing contracts during the 1950s and 1960s, according to a new report released Thursday. The Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University and the Nathalie P. Voorhees Center at the... Read More »

‘A plunder of black wealth’: Predatory housing contracts gouged Chicago’s black homeowners, new report says

Chicago Sun Times, Thursday, May 30, 2019
Black homebuyers in Chicago lost at least $3.2 billion in today’s dollars because of racist real estate policies and predatory contracts between 1950 and 1970, according to a report published Thursday. In those 20 years, black Chicagoans purchased 60,100 homes. More than 75% of those homes were... Read More »

Contract Buying Robbed Black Families In Chicago Of Billions

NPR, Thursday, May 30, 2019
Black families in Chicago lost between $3 billion and $4 billion in wealth because of predatory housing contracts during the 1950s and 1960s, according to a new report released Thursday. The Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University and the Nathalie P. Voorhees Center at the... Read More »

Who Should Receive Reparations for Slavery and Discrimination?

New York Radio Hour, Tuesday, May 28, 2019
The idea of reparations—real compensation made to the descendants of slaves or the victims of legalized discrimination—has gained traction since the publication, in 2014, of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s influential article “The Case for Reparations,” which appeared in The Atlantic. But even among... Read More »

ADOS Its origins, troublesome ties and fears it's dividing Black folk in the fight for reparations

The Final Call, Monday, May 27, 2019
There are many organizations and individuals who have spent decades of their existence, and lives, advocating for reparations to be given to the descendants of enslaved Africans in America, during the more than 500 years Black people have spent living in this country and subjected to physical,... Read More »

We Have the Means to Fund Reparations. Where Is the Political Will?

Truth Out, Sunday, May 26, 2019
Fact: The $147,000 median wealth of a white household is 41 timesthe $3,600 median wealth of a Black family. Many Americans may believe that in the wake of the country’s first Black president, we had moved past race-based inequality. Many others may see the divide as the result of... Read More »

Four years, $13 million and dozens of hands: How ‘affordable housing’ gets made in America

Market Watch , Friday, May 24, 2019
Jennifer Sumler has lived in her apartment building on Cedar Street in the Takoma section of Washington, D.C., for her entire life, but the sound she heard one late November evening a few years ago was like nothing she’d ever experienced.  “All of a sudden the sky got dark and there was a ‘... Read More »

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