Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 8:04pm

Public policy in the United States has propagated social trauma for centuries. In Black communities especially, the government has betrayed its pledge to protect the human rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness written in the Declaration of Independence.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 5:37pm

In Detroit, 195 public schools have been closed since 2000. But the mass liquidation of neighborhood schools is not unique to Detroit. Several urban communities are restructuring their public education systems to suit the needs of changing demographics.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 8:55pm

10:45 a.m.: “CHARLIEEEE! That’s why you ain’t got no teeth; your teeth ran away cause you talk so dang on much.” The room erupts with laughter and snickers from a group of 20 men, one woman and one child. Charlie is a frequent visitor to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen in Detroit; the staff and other Capuchin guests know his charismatic personality well. The checkered floor was worn with scuff marks, and the air smelled of the stir-fry served for lunch that day. As the laughter gently subsided, more visitors trickled into the doorway, awaiting the meal provided for them.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 6:53pm

The last time I ate fast food was in November. I watched the employee at Wendy’s pour frozen, asymmetrically shaped chicken nuggets into the deep fryer and my stomach churned. I observed another employee emerge from a dark, mysterious area in the back of the kitchen with bundles of buns, burgers and lettuce. The smell of grease and salt filled my nostrils as I watch french fries unthaw in the deep fryer. I gently rested my hand on my stomach, offering an apology to my body for waiting so late to eat that fast food restaurants were our only choices for nourishment.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 2:54pm

Beauty, perseverance and possibility: three adjectives that embody the blend of attendees of the 21st annual Black Solidarity Conference. Over this past Valentine’s Day weekend, more than 400 Black college students representing 50 colleges and universities nationwide networked with one another and participated in small group discussions at Yale University. The series of college uprisings regarding race relations over the past few years set the tone for the conference, titled “The Miseducation: Changing History as We Know It.”

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 5:33pm
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Dear Black People at the University of Michigan,

Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 10:30pm

The global chain of movements driven organically by the people give me hope. As many systematic, institutional and legal structures thwart any attempts of equality, we shall overcome.