Schools & Youth

A spray painted mural on a brick wall depicts Freddie Gray

Baltimore Funding Model Challenges 'Nonprofit Industrial Complex' Practices

With the Freddie Gray uprising as a catalyst, Baltimore residents voted in the $12 million Children & Youth Fund. Here’s how local activists in this majority Black city ensured that young, people-of-color-led, grassroots groups had a seat at the table. 

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Why the New Reprint of James Baldwin's Children's Book Still Matters

Baldwin’s “Little Man, Little Man: A Story of Childhood” offers a haunting exploration of how Black children learn about racism. Colorlines talked to the late writer’s niece and one of the scholars who shepherded the title back to bookshelves about this unique work.

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3 Questions With 'America to Me' Docuseries Director Steve James

The documentarian’s new Starz series goes behind the scenes at a prestigious public Chicagoland high school to illuminate racial disparities. He talks to Colorlines about the project’s conception and how he eschews the White gaze.

Migrant parents say they were intimidated into waiving rights to be reunited with their children.

Migrant Parents Say ICE Intimidated Them Into Waiving Reunification Rights

Immigrant rights groups say parents were misled and coerced into signing away their rights to be reunited with their children.

U.S. officials say they will meet deadline to reunify immigrant children with parents.

Immigrant Family Reunification By The Numbers

A look at where the United States government is in the process of reuniting thousands of immigrant children with their parents.

ACLU claims immigrant parents were misled into waiving rights to reunification with their children.

ACLU: Immigrant Parents Coerced Into Waiving Reunification Rights

A court filing by the civil rights group calls for temporary deportation stay for immigrant parents, as deadline looms to reunify families separated at border.

Report details deplorable conditions at child detention centers

'Terrorized': Report Details Conditions at Child Detention Centers

A report filed in federal court details hunger, dehydration and forced sleeplessness at child detention centers in the Southwest.

HHS submits news plan to reunite 2,500 children with their parents.

Feds Submit New Plan to Reunite Immigrant Families

The plan comes after a judge berates immigration officials for delaying reunification of some 2,500 children with their parents.

Beyoncé sits in yellow sweatshirt and blue jean shorts and blue and pink and white boots on grey riser in front of women in yellow and white outfits and grey wall

ICYMI: Beyoncé and Balmain Release Line to Support HBCUs

One-hundred percent of the proceeds from the collaboration will go to the United Negro College Fund. 

Jon M. Chu with black hair in black suit in front of dark background

Jon M. Chu Vows to Protect Thai Cave Rescue Film From Whitewashing

“We have the power to not only make history, but be the historians that record it, too. So that it’s told correctly and respectfully. Couldn’t just sit here watching how others would ‘interpret’ this important story.”

Judge denies DHS extension to reunite children separated from parents at the border.

Judge Denies Extension for Reuniting Immigrant Families

The judge ruled that the Trump administration must quicken the pace of family reunifications and meet original deadlines.

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READ: Immigrant Children Sent to Juvenile Detention Centers, Psychiatric Facilities

In a lawsuit filed against the federal government, immigrant youth say they are fighting violent and abusive conditions in juvenile detention centers and psychiatric facilities.

Brown people protest outside. One sign reads, "Familes belong together."

Government to Miss Deadline to Reunite Immigrant Families

Lee Gelernt of the ACLU: “These kids have already suffered so much because of this policy, and every extra day apart just adds to that pain.”

Brown child sits on ground coloring while wearing dark jeans, tan shoes and shirt in various shades of blue.

Government to Test DNA of Nearly 3,000 Detained Migrant Children

The move comes on the heels of a federal court ruling that the Trump administration must end its practice of separating families and reunite children with their parents.

Jaisaan Lovett. Young Black boy smiles while standing behind podium wearing navy graduation cap and gown with yellow sash

ICYMI: Black Valedictorian Denied Graduation Spotlight Gives Speech Anyway

Jaisaan Lovett is his school’s first Black valedictorian—but officials refused to let him speak at his graduation. So Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren gave him a bigger platform.

Brown people protest outside. One board cardboard sign reads, "I believe in affirmative action."

Trump Administration Reverses Education Affirmative Action Policy

“This is a wholly political attack.”

 A grid of summer books with titles like "sick," "if they come for us," "we built the wall," "assata taught me," and more

The Must-Read Race and Culture Books of the Summer

From memoirs to poetry to fiction, these titles will deepen your understanding of what’s going on, inspire activism and even entertain the kids.

Judge orders Trump administration to end family separations at border and reunite separated families.

Judge Orders Trump Administration to Halt Family Separations, Reunite Families

Federal judge says government was not prepared to accommodate separated children, calls for families to be reunited within 30 days.

Illustrated book cover depicting White children and adults in brown wagon in front of blue sky on green grass; sepia image of White woman in dark dress

Library Group Removes 'Little House' Author's Name From Award For Racist Themes

The Association for Library Service to Children renamed the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award in response to long-standing complaints about her books’ treatment of Indigenous and Black people.

How You Can Support Detained Immigrant Families

From volunteering to organizing to donating, here are actionable steps you can take to support immigrants and asylum-seekers being prosecuted and detained by the United States government.