Schools & Youth

A Black teenager grasps the hands of a Black woman as a Black police officer stands behind him.

WATCH: Trailer for Ava Duvernay's 'When They See Us'

The four-part limited Netflix series about the Central Park Five stars a slew of esteemed actors, including Michael K. Williams and John Leguizamo.

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READ: Chicago Implements GPS Monitoring Devices That Calls, Records Children Without Their Consent

Cook County officials say the monitoring tool improves communication with children, but critics say it is an invasion of privacy and violation of the Constitution.

A Black woman side view on the red carpet with her hair up and wearing a shoulder-bearing burgundy dress.

Lupita Nyong'o Unveils the Cover for New Book, 'Sulwe'

“I wrote ‘Sulwe’ to encourage children (and everyone really!) to love the skin they are in and see the beauty that radiates from within.”

A young mixed race boy sits on he lap of his father while they both color on paper in a visiting area in jail.

New PBS Doc 'Tre Maison Dason' Explores Growing Up With An Incarcerated Parent

One in 14 American children has a parent who is currently, or was previously, in prison. “Tre Maison Dasan” follows three of these children.

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New Report Highlights Need, Strategies for Juvenile Justice Reform

The Urban Institute and the Youth First Initiative want to help America move away from youth incarceration in favor of community-based solutions.

Three rows of black and white head shots of Black Children, 3 in each row, from a police report that identifies missing and murdered children.

Atlanta Child Murders Case Reopened Ahead of New Documentary

ID’s “The Atlanta Child Murders” spurred the reopening of the 40-year old case of 29 missing and dead Black children.

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Woman Sues Harvard For Photos of Enslaved Ancestors

Tamara Lanier seeks compensation for emotional distress and Harvard University’s acknowledgement that it was “complicit in perpetuating and justifying the institution of slavery.”

A young Black Boy in a black shweatshire smiles while holding a large gold and green trophy in his right hand.

Fans Step in to Support Chess Champ Experiencing Homelessness

Eight-year-old Tanitoluwa Adewumi became a New York state chess champion while living in a shelter. Now, folks are raising money to give his family a home.

Black and white photo of woman of color seated outdoors on a porch. facing slightly left with a small dog at her feet and palm trees behind them.

Smithsonian Shines Light on Hawaiian Queens for Women's History Month

Remembering when the kingdom of Hawai‘i was ruled by two dope queens.

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Former Juvenile Lifers Need a Pressure Valve [Op-Ed]

Abd’Allah Wali Lateef of the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth makes the case for social service, mental health and parole policy reform to help former life-sentenced children successfully return to society.

A small girl wearing a yellow shirt stands in front of a woman wearing a red shirt and holding a sign that says families belong together. They are protesting the Trump administrations family detention and separation policies for migrants along the souther

Immigrant Rights Groups Urge DHS to Release Infants Detained in Texas

At least nine babies are being held in an ICE detention facility.

Kairi Yang. Side view of a one year old Asian baby's face.

Meet Kairi, The First Gerber Baby of Hmong Descent

Baby food gets a taste of diversity.

Person in red top holds white, red, blue and green copy of "Dr. Seuss's ABC" while children in red and white striped hats sit and listen in background

What About Dr. Seuss?: When Children's Books Promote Racial Stereotypes

Theodor Seuss Geisel created a fun and colorful world—unless you’re a person of color.

A small boy wearing a red hooded sweatshirt pushes a small girl wearing pink as she sits in her stroller. Both are playing in the El Barretal migrant shelter in Tijuana, Mexico on January 15, 2019.

Thousands of Migrant Children Allege Sexual Assault While in Gov't Custody

There have been over 4,500 claims of abuse of unaccompanied minors while in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services.

A small child wearing a blue hoodie sweatshirt pushes a purple stroller over a yellow street curb outside a closed temporary migrant shelter in Tijuana, Mexico on December 6, 2018.

ACLU Wants Government to Account for All Migrant Children Separated From Families

Lawyers also asked a United States district court judge to reunite all separated minors with their parents.

Teachers in Denver, Colorado are dressed in winter gear as they strike and hold large white signs in front of the Colorado State Capitol on February 11, 2019.

Immigrant Teachers in Denver Threatened With Deportation For Striking

Denver Classroom Teachers Association president Henry Roman: “This is just a scare tactic to intimidate our immigrant educators.”

Edray Goins. Black man in navy suit with blue tie speaks in front of black background and thin red line.

Black Mathematicians Sound Off On Inequality

Scholar Edray Goins takes his discipline to task for the ways it erases Black mathematicians.

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Teens from Parkland and Chicago Ask: 'How Many More Must Die?'

Student organizers Brandon Dasent and Amina Henderson unite to push for gun control that will keep kids in their communities safer.

 Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha.

READ: Flint Whistle Blower Says Government Is Still Failing Residents

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha believes the state legislature is taking actions that could cause another water crisis. 

The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Black-and-white photograph of Black man waving to spectators surrounding reflecting pool and green shrubs.

Now You Can Stream 'Eyes on the Prize' in Full for Free

Facing History and Ourselves just made the docuseries about the Civil Rights Movement—and lesson plans—available online.