What is the “status quo”? Does it need to be changed?

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Child of the Romans

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Reading

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This poem was written in 1912 by Pullitzer Prize winner Carl Sandburg (1878-1967) as part of his series on Chicago. Besides being a prolific and gifted writer, Sandburg worked at…

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First Day of School Desegregation

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Image

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“First day of school desegregation” was taken on September 9, 1957 outside of Buena Vista School in Nashville, Tennessee. The photograph shows three African-American women walking a young African-American boy…

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The Lesson

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Reading

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"The Lesson," from Bambara's 1972 collection Gorilla, My Love, is the story of a group of poor inner-city children who meet regularly with a not-quite-insider, not-quite-outsider community member, Miss Moore,…

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What It Means to be a Leftist in the 21st Century

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Video

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Cornel West is an American philosopher, author, critic, and activist. A professor at Princeton University in the Center for African-American Studies and the Department of Religion, West is one of…