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My President Was Black

Drawing on conversations with President Barack Obama during his last year in office, Te-Nehisi Coates assesses the Obama Presidency and his legacy on race. ( The Atlantic, Jan./Feb., 2017) “[I]f his very existence inflamed America’s racist conscience, it also expanded…

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Free Speech and a Fake Lynching

University of Wisconsin says fans’ offensive costumes depicting a lynched President Obama are protected by First Amendment. Black alumni say incident is the latest in “a long pattern of ineffective responses to a growing racially hostile environment.” WARNING: This article…

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Ziad Ahmed Goes to Washington

Ziad Ahmed, 16, the founder of an anti-bias organization and a youth member of the board of Not in Our Town Princeton, was invited to the White House for dinner with the president (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson).  Reason: he had transformed…

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Commemoration of Selma, Protest in Madison, Wisconsin

President Obama spoke at the 50th anniversary commemoration of Bloody Sunday and the attack on marchers attempting to cross the Edmund Pettus bridge in Selma, Alabama, demanding the right to vote.  A couple of days earlier, in Madison, Wisconsin, marchers…

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Chicago Boy Asks Santa for Safety

This one will break your heart.  In response to a Chicago charity’s “Letters to Santa” program, a 13-year-old boy wrote a letter asking for safety.

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