Figuring Out If Racism Can Be Stopped in the Third Grade

“…but at base the school hopes to initiate what it calls “authentic” conversations about race, which researchers suggest may actually have been inhibited by liberal values for decades. Under the spell of color-blindness, previous generations have tended to avoid race as a subject, hushing their children when they refer to playground playmates as “brown,” believing… Continue reading


Stories about African American philanthropists are important

In this TEDxCharlotte Talk, writer, Valaida Fullwood and photographer, Charles Thomas explain how the creation of their book, Giving Back, helped to re-frame portraits of philanthropists. Since publication in 2011, the book was named 10 Best Black Books of 2011 and received the prestigious 2012 McAdam Book Award, which recognizes “the most inspirational and useful… Continue reading


Misconceptions About Wealth Inequality in America

Think you know how wealth is distributed in America? Think again. A YouTube video that went viral a few weeks ago reminds us that our  perceptions of who has money and how much they have is quite skewed.


Ford Foundation Archives Reveal Rare Correspondence With James Baldwin

What if one of the earliest American foundation archives were made public and open to scholarly examination? Well, that is exactly what has happened with the Ford Foundation’s archives and I couldn’t be happier. 12,000 reels of microfilm containing grant applications, papers, reports, and related documents will be available at the Rockefeller Archive Center. I understand… Continue reading