In 2013, three students were charged and found guilty in a hate crime at San Jose State University where an African-American freshman had a bike lock around his neck of misdemeanor battery, however on Monday they escaped conviction of hate crime contentions.
Even though this Black History Month will go down in history as the boldest one in a lifetime, it is a shame that we are still seeing firsts in 2016. There’s also no coincidence that all of these Black “firsts” are being announced in February.
Harvard University has made the esteemed epidemiologist Michelle Williams the next dean of the university’s Chan School of Public Health. This promotion makes Williams the first African-American faculty dean at Harvard.
What was the saying? Blacks can’t swim.
Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are making sure that the saying stays true, because as of now, there is only one HBCU with a swim team: Howard University.
**Update: This story is from 2010. This story has been edited to reflect the correct year.**
Katie Washington, who is from Gary, Indiana, is a biological science major at the University of Notre Dame. She was the University’s first Black valedictorian.
People across the nation sat proudly as they watched 11-year-old Marley Dias take a stand for something she believed in. The New Jersey 6th grader made headlines by starting a #1000BlackGirlBooks campaign that asked for the donations of books that featured black girls as main characters instead of “white boys and dogs.” Dias has now reached her goal.
With college graduates coming out of school with large amounts of student debt looming over them, many have elected to go with an income-based repayment plan to avoid default. Some will find that, even after their loans are potentially forgiven after a couple decades they may still owe a large sum due to a tax bill.