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Archive for Civil Rights

21 Jan 2013
by Heeten Kalan
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Three Oceans Converging

On a warm and sunny day more than ten years ago, I visited the Ebenezer Baptist Church, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and the King Center in Atlanta.

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7 Aug 2012
by Colin Greer
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10 Ways School Reformers Get It Wrong

It’s widely agreed that American education is in trouble.  What is missed in both the response to the crisis and the cacophony of reform efforts is a true understanding of the nature of the problem. In the early days of public schooling, Horace Mann called the schools the balance wheel of society. It was thought...

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14 Oct 2009
by Colin Greer
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Up From Poverty

No one says, they want people to be poor, but plenty say, ‘we don’t want to spend public money on social programs to help the poor’. The result is that the poor continue to get poorer and right-wing politician and fearful liberals hold on even tighter to their wallets. The newest economic inequality data is horrifying....

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16 Apr 2009
by Colin Greer
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Diversity is Not a Dirty Word

The idea that charitable foundations should be required to hire more minority employees, was regrettably framed as a “threat” to philanthropy in an article in The Economist a few weeks ago. Specifically, The Economist article deals with a recommendation from the Greenlining Institute and the Philanthropy Roundtablethat foundations should be sensitive to diversity in the hiring of their employees. These suggestions have...

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