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High court upholds Michigan affirmative action ban
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court Tuesday upheld Michigan's ban on using race as a factor in college admissions despite one justice's impassioned dissent that accused the court of wanting to wish away racial inequality. The justices said in a 6-2 ruling that Michigan voters had the right to change their state constitution in 2006 to prohibit public
Obama, Biden announce $600M for job grants
Saturday, April 19, 2014
OAKDALE, Pa. — Emphasizing skills training as key to a growing middle class, President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced $600 million in competitive grants to spur creation of targeted training and apprenticeship programs to help people land good-paying jobs. "When it comes to training our workers, not all of today's good jobs require a four-year
Mediation phase begins for HBCU lawsuit
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
On Oct. 7, 2013, United States District Court Judge Catherine C. Blake delivered an unambiguous opinion concerning Maryland’s historically black colleges and universities. For decades, the state had violated the U.S. Constitution for operating a system of higher education still rooted in segregation. Soon after her ruling, Blake “urged”
World community marks Rwanda Genocide
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Hutu vs. Tutsi. Neighbor vs. neighbor. Politician vs. politician. Military vs. rebels. Almost 1 million people slain in 100 days; bodies lining the streets. Hundreds of thousands of women brutally raped or sexually mutilated, innocents maimed, property destroyed – and the world stood by. Such was the reality of the Rwandan Genocide 20 years ago, when
NUL State of Black America: Growing income inequality
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
WASHINGTON – The wealth gap between African-Americans and whites has expanded in recent years. And it is not likely to narrow without significant reductions in black unemployment and changes in a system that favors the wealthy over poor and middle class Americans, according the National Urban League’s 38th annual State of Black America. The
‘National crisis’ facing black children
Saturday, April 5, 2014
NEW YORK — In every region of America, white and Asian children are far better positioned for success than black, Latino and American Indian children, according to a new report appealing for urgent action to bridge this racial gap. Titled "Race for Results," the report is being released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which for decades has
Hillary Clinton attracting college students for possible presidential bid
Thursday, April 3, 2014
TEMPE, Ariz. — Looking out to a theater full of motivated college students, Hillary Rodham Clinton said their generation showed great promise as “open-minded and tolerant” Americans ready to step forward for an important cause. “We are going to make sure the millennial generation really is the participation generation,” Clinton
Supreme Court strikes down limits on campaign contributions
Thursday, April 3, 2014
The Supreme Court struck down limits Wednesday in federal law on the overall campaign contributions the biggest individual donors may make to candidates, political parties and political action committees. The justices said in a 5-4 vote that Americans have a right to give the legal maximum to candidates for Congress and president, as well as to parties and

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