Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

Update: The Cambridge police just dropped the charges! Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., best known for his work in African-American ancestral research, was arrested last week by Cambridge, Mass., police on his own front porch. Gates had just returned from China and found his front door jammed. He went to the backdoor of the […]


President Obama announced today his nominee for U.S. surgeon general and SHE is BLACK. Dr. Regina Benjamin attended Xavier University in New Orleans, was a member of the second class of the Morehouse School of Medicine, and received an M.D. degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. A family physician, Dr. Benjamin has rebuilt the […]


You may recall the six young Black men in Jena, La., who were charged with attempted murder for a schoolyard fight with white schoolmate Justin Barker. After a major civil rights demonstration protesting the inappropriate severity of the charges, international media attention, and fund-raising to pay for legal representation, the charges were later reduced to second-degree […]


This week’s issue of Science magazine include’s a research paper, authored by a University of Pennsylvania team of scientists, led by Sarah Tishkoff, that offers the largest and newest genetic survey of people in Africa. Based on the authors’ findings, the southwest area of the African continent where Angola and Namibia meet is the likely origin of modern humans and, […]


Former NBA player Isiah Thomas, 48, signed a five-year agreement with Florida International University on Tuesday — Thomas even agreed to donate his salary to the school, signaling how desperately he wants the job. Drafted by the Detroit Pistons in 1981 as a point guard, Thomas helped his team win two NBA championships. After his career ended as […]


Although certain historically Black colleges and universities, like Howard and Spelman, boast graduation rates that are higher than the national average for all colleges/universities and female enrollment is up, HBCUs graduate far fewer men than women and overall graduation rates at these institutions are below the national average for Black students at mainstream schools and for all […]


Pioneering African-American historian John Hope Franklin died yesterday morning of congestive heart failure at the age of 94 in Durham, NC, at Duke Hospital. Franklin’s 1947 book, From Slavery to Freedom, is considered a masterpiece in chronicling the Black experience in America. Born in 1915 in all-black Rentiesville, Okla., Franklin’s father was a lawyer and his mother, […]