Schools & Youth

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SCOTUS to Decide if Family Can Sue Border Agent Who Killed Teen

Hernández v. Mesa asks if the border officer who killed Sergio Adrián Hernández Güereca violated his Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights.

Joseph Vaughn. Black student wears a cardiagan and stands outside with books in hand in black and white photo.

Furman University to Honor First Black Student

The school voted unanimously to erect a statue in honor of Joseph Vaughn and review its mission and vision with an eye toward inclusivity.

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Teen Migrant is Fifth Child to Die in U.S. Custody

The 16-year old from Guatemala was diagnosed with the flu ahead of his death.

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Why We Can't Afford to Leave Race Out of School Funding Conversations [Op-Ed]

On the 65th anniversary of the ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility senior fellow Roseann Liu breaks down why it’s imperative to call out racism when advocating for fair school funding.

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NAACP Opposes Federal Judicial Nominee, Senate Confirms Her Anyway

The Senate confirmed U.S District Court contender Wendy Vitter’s nomination, despite what the NAACP calls her  “offensive” refusal to embrace the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Brown v. Board of Education.

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Standardized Test to Add 'Adversity Score' to Results

The organization behind the SATs wants to provide race- and class-related context to college admissions testing.

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Author Q&A: Dani McClain On the Power of Black Mothering

In her new book, “We Live for the We: The Political Power of Black Motherhood,” author and journalist Dani McClain sets out to discover what it means to raise her daughter with dignity and joy in a hostile world.

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Arizona Students Protest After Classmate Detained by Border Patrol

Shortly after writing the teenager a ticket, the Pima County Sheriff’s Department turned him over to United States Customs and Border Protection.

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STUDY: How Hurricane Maria Affected Mental Health of Children in Puerto Rico

A new study from the  Puerto Rico Department of Education and Medical University of South Carolina found that nearly one-third of the children surveyed reported strong predictors of PTSD following the storm.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.