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Africana studies alumna wins MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant

Nikole Hannah-Jones, a 1998 Notre Dame graduate, has won a fellowship from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation — commonly known as a “Genius” Grant. Hannah-Jones, who majored in history and African American studies (now Africana studies), is an investigative reporter for The New York Times Magazine, covering issues of racial inequality, especially in education. In 2015, she produced three Peabody Award-winning radio stories for This American Life illustrating how school desegregation can lessen the achievement gap between white children and students of color, and her first-person article, “Worlds Apart: Choosing a School for My Daughter in a Segregated City,” won a 2017 National Magazine Award.

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Book tells stories of African-Americans who integrated University of Notre Dame

NOTRE DAME, IN, May 10, 2017—Black Domers: African-American Students at Notre Dame in Their Own Words edited by Don Wycliff and David Krashna tells the compelling story of racial integration at the University of Notre Dame in the post–World War II era. In a series of seventy-five essays, beginning with the first African-American to graduate from Notre Dame in 1947 to a member of the class of 2017 who also served as student body president, we can trace the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of the African-American experience at Notre Dame through seven decades.

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Dianne M. Pinderhughes Honored with Mentorship Legacy Award

Dr. Dianne Pinderhughes

Dr. Dianne Pinderhughes was honored by the National Conference of Black Political Scientists last spring with the creation of the Dianne M. Pinderhughes Mentorship Legacy Award. This award will be given to a deserving undergraduate student attendee each year by the NCBPS to honor Dr. Pinderhughes' longstanding commitment to mentoring of students and the discipline of Political Science.  She is an ardent supporter and past President of NCOBPS from 1988-1989, as well as the first African American female President of the American Political Science Association from 2007-2008. In 2016, she served as First Vice President of the International Political Science Association and Program Co-Chair for its 2016 World Congress in Poznan, Poland…

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Professor Stuart Greene on Equity in American Education

Professor Stuart Greene recently penned a thoughtful analysis of how we frame educational equity in the United States for Oxford University Press's Academic Insights for the Thinking World.  

Stuart Greene

He notes, " To reinvigorate the notion of equity and re-imagine schools, it is important to underscore (a) the equitable distribution of material, emotional, and economic resources to ensure that children have the capacity to direct the course of their own lives in healthy, safe environments in and out of school; (b) the value of inclusion in making critical decisions about the processes underlying the distribution of these resources; (c) the importance of developing measures of assessment that account for what it means to teach for social justice and challenges the limits of assessment rooted in the nation’s economic well being; and (d) the need to leverage the law to center justice as a value in education.  In the end, education as a civil right acknowledges the power inherent in education, promotes inclusion, and values an asset-based approach to education that acknowledge the worth of all children.…

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Notre Dame community comes together to celebrate diversity

University President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. and the President’s Oversight Committee on Diversity and Inclusion invited the Notre Dame community to take time on on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and in the week that followed—which we have come to call Walk the Walk Week—to both celebrate the diversity that currently exists on our campus and reflect on how might we each take an active role in making Notre Dame even more welcoming and inclusive

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Africana Studies Major on the Meaning of MLK Day

Michelle Mann

Notre Dame Magazine recently ran an inspiring piece by Senior Africana Studies major Michelle Mann on the meaning of Martin Luther King day. 

Notre Dame Magazine January 17, 2017

"A few months ago, I was driving from Toledo, Ohio, back home to the suburbs of Chicago. Before I left, I had found a CD box set of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speeches in the back corner of a used record shop and thought they would make for a good companion on my five-hour journey. I started listening to the different speeches and sermons and was in awe of the brilliance of this great man. From the beginning, he had a vision and a rhetoric that inspired hope and dedication for millions of people and future generations. I was so moved that about halfway through the drive I had to pull over because I was weeping.…

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