Terrance Hayes is the author of three books of poems: “Muscular Music” (1999); “Hip Logic” (2002, National Poetry Series winner); and “Wind in a Box” (2006), and the recipient of many awards, including a Pushcart Prize, a Best American Poetry selection and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.
The question of race has simmered on the back burner of the national debate over President Obama’s policy agenda. Gwen Ifill talks to columnists and academics about the role of race in the current political climate. Continue reading
President Barack Obama delivered a rousing speech Thursday to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, paying tribute to the organization’s history and challenging its members to confront continued racial disparities. Continue reading
Academics and analysts discussed whether affirmative action policies should continue to be based on race and ethnicity or changed to reflect a person’s class and wealth. Ray Suarez moderated the debate at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia. Continue reading
The Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a case brought by a group of white firefighters in Connecticut who argue they were the victims of reverse discrimination. Marcia Coyle of the National Law Journal gives an update on the day in court. Continue reading
A short self-affirming writing exercise that took only about an hour of class time boosted struggling black junior high school students’ grade point average by nearly half a point over two years, according to a new study. Continue reading
John Hope Franklin, a revered Duke University historian and scholar of the African-American experience, died Wednesday at age 94. In this 2006 interview with Gwen Ifill, Franklin reflects on his life’s work. Continue reading
Ray Suarez is reporting in South Africa on global health issues. In this reporter’s notebook, he reflects on the deep history and continued legacy of racial prejudice in South Africa, and the signs of progress he has seen during his trip. Continue reading