Race Equity

COMMENTARY

David Hecker: Conservative myths about critical race theory hurt students and teachers

BY: - September 1, 2021

As educators, we believe in teaching kids the truth about our history and society, even when the truth is not pleasant. But some people across the country are working to infringe on teachers’ right and responsibility to be honest with their students about the history or racism, past and present, in our nation. In keeping […]

On this day in 1964: Democratic titans Conyers and Austin square off for U.S. House seat 

BY: - September 1, 2021

On Sept. 1, 1964, John Conyers Jr. edged out Richard Austin in the Democratic Party primary contest for Michigan’s new 1st Congressional District seat. Conyers won the primary 108 votes. The race was so close that Austin requested a recount. After the ballots were tabulated again, Conyers’ margin of victory was a razor-thin 44 votes, […]

M-STEP results show learning decline during pandemic, thousands of 3rd graders could be held back

BY: - August 31, 2021

After another year of disrupted learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, Michigan student state assessment scores from this spring declined from the last time students were given statewide assessments in spring 2019, according to the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). According to the 2021 Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) results released Tuesday, Michigan students […]

How Michigan became a success story for prisoner college programs

BY: - August 31, 2021

WASHINGTON — Prison inmates around the U.S. are getting the chance to do something that was almost unheard of a generation ago: Pursue a college degree while behind bars and with financial support from the federal government. Inmates in 42 states and Washington, D.C., can now get federal grants to work with colleges and universities […]

On this day in 1971: KKK bombs empty Pontiac buses set to racially integrate schools

BY: - August 30, 2021

On Aug. 30, 1971, 10 idled Pontiac School District buses were destroyed by Ku Klux Klan members. Dynamite was the weapon.   Black- and silver-haired Kevin Davidson, 61, remembers it like yesterday.  He was 11 when his African-American family moved to Pontiac from Detroit 50 years ago. They lived in the newly constructed and predominantly Black […]

Democrats seek support services for survivors of Native American boarding schools

BY: - August 27, 2021

WASHINGTON — Democratic lawmakers are pushing federal agencies to provide support for survivors of and communities affected by American Indian boarding school policies, the decades-long practice of forcibly sending Native American children to faraway boarding schools that rejected their tribal cultures. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids (D-Kansas) sent a request […]

BREAKING: FCC proposes $5M fine for Wohl, Burkman over Michigan election robocall

BY: - August 24, 2021

Updated, 7:56 p.m. 8/24/21, with comments from AG Nessel The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Tuesday proposed a $5.13 million fine against Jack Burkman, Jacob Wohl and J.M. Burkman & Associates LLC over a robocall targeting Black Michigan voters before the 2020 election. Burkman and Wohl allegedly concocted and paid for a robocall that targeted […]

COMMENTARY

Sarah Anthony: For Michigan, jobs and justice hinge on climate action

BY: - August 24, 2021

Michiganders are in the midst of what might be one of the most dangerous summers on record due to climate change. Prolonged drought is putting us at increased risk for wildfires. The warming of the Great Lakes means more extreme storms in our region. And heat waves in our urban centers like Detroit are predicted to become even deadlier. […]

On this day in 1952: ‘Scottsboro Boy’ Haywood Patterson dies in Michigan

BY: - August 24, 2021

Haywood Patterson, one of the “Scottsboro Boys” found guilty in a Jim Crow-era criminal trial, died 69 years ago on Aug. 24, 1952. He was 39.  The one-time Detroit resident had been stricken with cancer. Patterson’s life ended while serving a separate manslaughter conviction in Jackson, Mich., prison. Patterson was born in rural Georgia on […]

Biden to nominate first tribal member to lead National Park Service

BY: - August 20, 2021

President Joe Biden plans to nominate the first enrolled tribal member to head up the National Park Service — Oregon conservationist Charles F. Sams III, the White House announced Wednesday. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, he would be the first full-time director since Jonathan B. Jarvis left the job at the end of the […]

‘Not enough teachers who look like me’: African Americans want more classroom representation

BY: - August 19, 2021

During a Black Leadership Advisory Council (BLAC) education virtual town hall meeting Wednesday night, Black parents, students and teachers called for more equity in the school system, including more representation of Black educators. “There’s no equity in regards to the teaching staff compared to the student population,” said Trishanda Williams, a teacher at Flint Community […]

On this day in 1954: Ralph Bunche is named to key UN post

BY: - August 19, 2021

On Aug. 19, 1954, Detroit-born Ralph Bunche was named United Nations undersecretary.  Founded in 1945 after World War II to replace the League of Nations, the U.N. was designed to prevent war between countries, and to provide a platform for dialogue. Bunche, who played a key role in the creation of the organization, was the […]