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Police force diversity in national spotlight following teen’s death

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The shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, has spurred over a week of protests and thrown the question of police diversity into the spotlight. Continue reading

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Why we still need Freedom Schools, 50 years later

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Half a century ago, students and local organizers banded together to fight to end segregation and discrimination against African-Americans in the United States. Continue reading

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Anger and unrest in Missouri after police kill unarmed teenager

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Witnesses say that Michael Brown, a black 18-year-old from a suburb of St. Louis, did not resist officers and put his hands over his head even as he was shot repeatedly. Continue reading

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Brown v. Board of Education, the story of Prince Edward County schools – Lesson Plan

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May 17, 2014 marks the 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision “Brown v. Board of Education.” Continue reading

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New York City awards $40 million to the wrongly imprisoned “Central Park Five”

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New York City will pay $40 million to five black and Latino men who 25 years ago were wrongly convicted of violently attacking a woman in Central Park; the city’s largest ever settlement in a civil rights case. The case of the “Central Park Five” was sensationalized in the media, inflaming racial tensions in the city and adding to a perception of lawlessness. Continue reading

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