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Katherine G. Johnson - The Hidden Figure of the Space Race

America’s triumph in the space race has been well documented and repeatedly shared throughout time. We all know that America was the first to put a man on the moon. 760 more words


“And the Rest of America has Remained Silent”: Lynching in Children’s Literature

Racist incidents are up around the US since the election. The fact that this was true after the 2008 election as well is little comfort; the idea of an increase in racism after an election as a “new normal” is not something to which any country should aspire. 1,072 more words

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Fighting for the Proposition that "All Men are Created Equal" Reflections on the Gettysburg Address

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One hundred and sixty three years ago Abraham Lincoln delivered a few short words at the dedication of the Soldier’s Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. 788 more words


Voting as a Battleground: Children’s Literature that Reminds Us Why We Vote

Today is election day in the United States. It has been an ugly election year and people of color (not to mention women) have been put in the spotlight at several moments in the campaign. 931 more words

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Just hearing the word “banned” makes me feel a little sick. Whether it’s used as a word meaning to forbid or suppress, or it is used to mean excluding or expelling, it’s a word to which I have a visceral reaction. 350 more words


Taking aim at Trump, Obama says even a third-grader knows slavery 'wasn't good for black people'

President Barack Obama took direct aim at GOP nominee Donald Trump’s assertion that conditions for African-Americans now are worse than they have been at any time in U.S. 709 more words