Mrs. Obama to youth: History to be made in Africa

Mrs. Obama to youth: History to be made in Africa

Darlene Superville, Associated Press | June 23, 2011

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Michelle Obama on Wednesday told young African leaders, including members of South Africa’s post-apartheid generation, that there are more causes worth fighting for and more history to be made. She urged them to be the ones who end hunger, wipe out HIV/AIDS and protect women’s rights.

In an emotionally stirring speech at a church that became a popular refuge during the fight against government-imposed segregation in South Africa, America’s first lady drew on the struggle for racial equality in the U.S. and in this country as she sought to inspire young people to become the next generation of problem-solvers.

“I know that as your generation looks back on that struggle and on the many liberation movements of the past century, you may think that all the great moral struggles have already been won,” Mrs. Obama said in a keynote address to a U.S.-sponsored leadership conference for more than 70 young African women. “But while today’s challenges might not always inspire the lofty rhetoric and high drama of struggles past, the injustices at hand are no less glaring. The human suffering is no less acute.

“So make no mistake about it: There are still so many causes worth sacrificing for. There is still so much history yet to be made,” she said.

Sixty percent of Africa’s population is under age 25 and two-thirds of South Africans are younger than 30, Mrs. Obama said.

The first lady said this generation can be the one that brings prosperity to forgotten corners of the world, banishes hunger from Africa and ends HIV/AIDS and the stigma associated with it. She said they can ensure that women are no longer treated as second-class citizens, that girls get an education and that any type of violence against women is seen as a violation of human rights.  (Read more)


Catherine Ferguson Academy to Stay Open

Catherine Ferguson Academy to Stay Open

Ms. Magazine | June 17, 2011

Catherine Ferguson Academy announced Thursday just hours before a scheduled protest of its proposed closing that its doors will remain open. After an order by Detroit Public Schools’ Emergency Manager, the Catherine Ferguson Academy (CFA) was set to permanently close today, June 17. CFA is a high school for pregnant teens and young mothers and is one of only three like it in the country. It boasts a graduation rate of 90% with all graduates continuing on to college. Established in 1986, CFA also provides early education and day care. The young women maintain a farm on school grounds and receive parenting classes as well as support to graduate and continue with higher education.

The school is now set to become a charter school and was purchased yesterday by Evans Solutions. Blair Evans, who runs the charter, promises to keep all programs intact. Two other public schools were purchased by the company, while seven public schools had to close permanently.  (Read more)

Little Town in Texas

For the past few days I’ve been in and around Washington County, Texas, for what I wished was a quiet period of rest at a quaint little bed and breakfast in a small town. The trip has been way more stressful than I expected.

I have been overcome with fear at the slightest little mishaps and suggestions. We’ve all heard the stories of the rampant and blatant racism that runs through small southern towns. I couldn’t stop thinking about what might have happened if we upset the wrong people, or our car stopped on a little country road at night.

E-Books in Africa, the Potential of New Media, & Access

It has become clear that in various cities around the world there are two separate economies, two separate societies, and two separate worlds.  There is a dichotomy set, which places the “haves” on one side of the spectrum, and the “have-nots” on the other side. Historically, we have seen communities across the world be separated into those who have “access” and those who do not. As we delve well into the 21st century it becomes clear that technology unlocks new potentials and fresh opportunities to break this consistent spectrum, the leads to the cycle of poverty and privilege. Between videophones that hold Tunisian Governments accountable or Twitter pages that organize protest in Egypt, can we now live in a world where kindles and IPads will bring education to students across the continent of Africa or in communities like the south side of Chicago?

There are in fact two economies. And it is crucial to understand the differences between these two worlds. The first economy is a place of resource abundance, technological wealth, and political capital. The second economy is a place left with the inventions of the past, the industry of yesterday, and a wealth that doesn’t exist. These are of course extremes, but nonetheless, these are realities.

May 23, 2011 – May 29, 2011

Black male students face long odds
Abbey Doyle , The Herald Bulletin, May 29, 2011

Plan to capture black youths on camera
Giordano Fenzi, The Voice, May 29, 2011

If Joblessness and Hopelessness Undermine Democracy in the Middle East, What about Here at Home?
Dave Lindroff, TCBH News, May 28, 2011

Teen brings toy Uzi to school: Police
Connor Adams Sheets, Your Nabe News, May 27, 2011

Shortage of black professors: a failure to nurture talent
Hugh Muir, The Guardian, May 27, 2011

Obama Crackdown on For-Profit Colleges Faces Stiff Resistance
Jim Angle, Fox News, May 27, 2011

Priority should be jobs, not cutting deficit
G. Dunkel, Workers News, March 27, 2011

Freedom Riders Youth Summit
Andrea Williams, WTOK News, May 27, 2011

Raising Graduation Rates, and Questions
Libby A. Nelson, Inside Higher Ed, May 27, 2011

Minority students in San Francisco not closing gap with whites
Andrea Koskey, The Examiner, May 26, 2011

More minorities help Indiana post growing child population, unique among Midwestern states
Ken Kusmer, The Republic, May 26, 2011

SB High School Black Students Need To Seek Higher Ground
Hardy Brown, Black Voice News, May 26, 2011

Don’t build a new youth jail in Baltimore
Hathaway Ferebee, The Baltimore Sun, May 25, 2011

Communities Enhance Black-Jewish Relations Through Quality Programming
Eric Harris, Rac News, May 24, 2011

Young black golfers have benefactors
Jerome Solomon, Houston Chronicle, May 23, 2011

Electing Youth and Change: Kennedy on Harvard’s Campus
Brian A. Feldman, The Crimson News, May 23, 2011

Activism Quiet on Mostly-White Campus
Monica M. Dodge and Erika P. Pierson, The CRIMSON News, May 23, 2011

Study warns of racism in universities
Staff Wrtier, Press TV, May 23, 2011

Iowa City schools becoming more diverse
Rob Daniel, Press Citizen, May 23, 2011

May 30, 2011 – June 5, 2011

Maltz Museum essay contest empowers students to take a stand against hatred
The Plain Dealer, June 5, 2011

How to really improve K-12 public schools
Ralph Scharnau, The Online, June 5, 2011

Fenger beating: 5 murder convictions later, all that’s left is sadness
Jason Meisner, Chicago Tribune, June 5, 2011

Young Men Pledge to End Teen Relationship Abuse and Domestic Violence
PR Newswire, June 4, 2011

Of the many gaps in JCPS, experience gap is most troubling
Jim Waters, Business First News, June 3, 2011

Why is the NAACP fighting African Americans?
Kevin P. Chavous, The Washington Post, June 3, 2011

Cain raises question of black conservatism
Melissa Harris-Perry, Philly News, June 3, 2011

Operation Graduate Aims to Close Achievement Gap
Jared Leone, Patch News, June 3, 2011

Printers Row Lit Fest Preview: Black Youth And The Future Of American Politics
The Chicagoist, June 2, 2011

Web page to address high percentage of suspensions of black students
Valarie Honeycutt Spears, Kentucky News, June 2, 2011

NC business owner takes on youth violence
Jim Holt, The Rocky Mount Telegram, June 1, 2011

YCWG holds certification ceremony for youth leaders in peace building
Lamin Baba Njie, Today Online, June 1, 2011

Ten Professions For Blacks Seeking Greater Opportunities
Alexis Garrett Stodghill, NewOne, May 31, 2011

‘Media ignores youth agency’
Marianne Merten, Cape Argus, May 31, 2011

Back in the Days Remix
Andrew Frisicano, Time Out NYC, May 31, 2011

Black Fraternities Visit Maryland’s Cheltenham Youth Facility to Inspire Young Men
George Barnette, Black Voice News, May 30, 2011

School suspends students with white t-shirts, claim they are white supremacists
Examiner News, Joe Newby, May 30, 2011

Students join a few original Freedom Riders on the ride of their lives
Eric Deggans,Tampa Bay Times, May 30, 2011

Officers who kick ASS (and ask questions, Never)

Can you imagine being five years old and having three cops bend you over a desk, handcuff you and then carry you out of your school in handcuffs? Can you imagine being face down on the floor, hands behind you, some cops knee on your neck; then to have that knee migrate to your back just to, ultimately, be shot dead while facedown? Can you imagine being shot (REPEATEDLY) while peacefully sitting in your car? For many of us, these situations seem unrealistic, but for many Black and Latino youths in (or around) the United States, these experiences are all too REAL.

New Reports Reveal Alarming Facts About the Educational Experiences of Young Men of Color

New Reports Reveal Alarming Facts About the Educational Experiences of Young Men of Color

Collegeboard Advocacy & Policy Center | June 20, 2011

NEW YORK, June 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Nearly half of young men of color age 15 to 24 who graduate from high school will end up unemployed, incarcerated or dead. This jarring statistic is just one of many highlighted in two new reports that will be released today by the College Board Advocacy & Policy Center at an event held in collaboration with the Harvard University’s W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research in Cambridge, Mass.. The reports, The Educational Experience of Young Men of Color: A Review of Research, Pathways and Progress and Capturing the Student Voice, are especially relevant given the need for these young men to attain postsecondary degrees if the nation’s economy is to thrive and compete globally.

The reports provide the most comprehensive data, research findings and recommendations to date to improve the educational experiences and pathways of young men of color. The qualitative research study, conducted in collaboration with the Business Innovation Factory (BIF), provides findings from 92 in-depth personal student interviews that are captured through video storytelling. This information is combined in a dynamic website. Together, these resources provide a compelling narrative that tracks the progress and pitfalls for young men of color from high school through college. In addition, there is a legal implications and policy brief that provides guidance for designing programs and policies to serve these students. Last year, the College Board Advocacy & Policy Center released a report that explored The Educational Crisis Facing Young Men of Color. This initiative builds off that work.

The reports seek to give a balanced view of the educational issues that exist for young men of color across four minority groups — African Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Hispanics/Latinos and Native Americans — throughout the K–20 pipeline. According to the findings, just 26 percent of African Americans, 18 percent of Hispanic Americans, and 24 percent of Native Americans and Pacific Islanders have at least an associate degree. The reports also provide an analysis of the postsecondary pathways for young men of color and identify the barriers and catalysts to college.

“At a time when our nation is committed to reclaiming its place as the world leader in higher education, we can no longer afford to ignore the plight of our young men of color,” said Gaston Caperton, College Board President. “As long as educational opportunities are limited for some, we all suffer. We rise as one nation and we fall as one nation. But if we keep working hard — if we keep listening to each other and to our students — we can soften our landings and reach historic new heights.”  (Read more)

Download report here