I am a black female with four degrees, including a Doctorate of Education and Masters of Public Administration. I coached basketball for 18 years at many fine collegiate institutions and have experienced many things in my life. The blessings that surround my life have been numerous, indeed, but I would not be the leader I am today without the strength and guidance of two women who understood the value of what they didn't have.
My grandmother only had about an eighth-grade education. My mom didn't earn her undergraduate degree until she was 50 years old. Growing up under their watchful eyes in Arkansas, there was never a doubt that I would attend — and graduate — from college.
They instilled in me a love of learning and helped me to understand how an education could open doors that otherwise would remain locked. I didn't fully appreciate that until I was in graduate school when I began to understand being exposed to education doesn't just happen in the classroom. Classrooms and teachers are vital, but the most important thing is exposing children to education from their earliest years. That exposure can happen walking through a campus or traveling the world or through that mainstay of African-American culture, our churches. more >>
Few authors have impacted the American literary and public consciousness as much as Harper Lee and her widely read and acclaimed novel, To Kill A Mockingbird.
Published over a half century ago, it continues to be widely read and sends powerful messages to American society regarding race, morality, and conscience.
With Lee's recent passing at the age of 89, many are recalling the many great statements and declarations that she put to paper. more >>
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said that Barack Obama was "raised white" and cannot truly identify with the typical black experience in America.
"He's an 'African' American. He was, you know, raised white," Carson said to Politico Tuesday regarding President Obama. "I mean, like most Americans, I was proud that we broke the color barrier when he was elected, but … he didn't grow up like I grew up … Many of his formative years were spent in Indonesia. So, for him to, you know, claim that, you know, he identifies with the experience of black Americans, I think, is a bit of a stretch."
Carson, who grew up on the southwest side of Detroit, once lived in a Boston ghetto and was raised by a single mom who could not read and juggled three jobs, feels that his background makes him more representative of the struggle of many blacks. more >>
Lungi kept her eyes on the left side of the road as she leaned her head back and explained to Rebekah Gaynore, who sat in the back seat of the Lungi's sturdy family car, the route she would take to give me a tour of Cape Town.
"She'll be able to see it," Lungi explained.
"See what?" I asked. more >>
WASHINGTON — Although mankind may be divided by location, language and culture, one common thread knits the races together: a belief in God.
That's the premise of the upcoming six-part NatGeo docu-series "The Story of God," hosted and produced in-part by Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman, which attempts to shed light on how cultures around the world view the Divine.
Freeman says he had preconceived notions about the world's religions before beginning the documentary. more >>
Black Lives Matter: Chicago co-founder Aislinn Pulley rejected an invitation to meet with President Barack Obama to discuss race relations Thursday, dismissing it as a mere photo-op and "90-second sound bite" for the president.
Those who attended the meeting that took place after the activist's dismissal however, said it lasted about 90 minutes and was substantive.
Pulley who was among about 20 people invited to what the White House called an intergenerational meeting of black leaders to discuss criminal justice reform throughout the U.S., lashed out at the meeting in an op-ed for Truthout Thursday morning. more >>