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State NAACP pushes BESE to suspend testing, create ‘apolitical’ plan for schools during COVID

The Louisiana NAACP released the following statement about schools reopening statewide during the worsening COVID pandemic: We are now calling on the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to immediately: 1. Suspend testing for […]

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Affected by the clamor of corona? Do this for a change

During this season of the pandemic, watch out for the enemy of your souls, in your relationships, with the ones you are connected with and to, your significant relationships in family, your relationships at work, in church, throughout your community, and with neighbors. Get this: EVERYBODY IS BEING AFFECTED by this infection of Corona. […]

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COMMENTARY: COVID recovery can not happen without education recovery

With a new presidential administration, we have an opportunity to begin on the path to a strong recovery from the pandemic. But COVID-19 recovery cannot happen without education recovery. And true education recovery must focus on ensuring every child’s civil right to quality teaching and learning in our nation’s public schools. […]

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COMMENTARY: Before you decide to return to schools, walk the journey of a student, teacher to see COVID obstacles

In south Louisiana, one of the tasks we are accustomed to doing is preparing for emergency situations.  We prepare for hurricanes, other major storms, and catastrophes all the time, listening to the information provided by the […] […]

Baton Rouge

Members of the community ask EBR School Board to condemn Bernard’s comments on Robert E. Lee

In an open letter, EBR citizens wrote, ” Her interview demonstrates that she values Robert E. Lee and the systemic racism that he represents far more than the students and families that she has committed to serve as a member of the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board.” […]

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Celebrating Juneteenth

A Message from the Louisiana Democratic Party On this day, we celebrate a major step in the freedom of African Americans in the United States. Juneteenth is a commemoration of the day Union soldiers traveled […]

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A noose hangs over Tangipahoa schools not just on Whitlow’s post

Images like these are hurtful to many, but they do not even come close to comparing to the aforementioned. From the sidelines, many of us have watched a system successfully lynch our kids by robbing them of an adequate education. Do we not see that the demographics of just about every school’s in-school suspension room mirror the demographics of our own parish jail? […]

Baton Rouge

COMMENTARY: Dr. King, Alton Sterling, and the Difficult Days Ahead

This is America 50 years after King’s assassination. The relative progress made in civil rights since April 4, 1968 is rife with tragic contradiction and complexity. King likely did not dream that after climbing to the “mountaintop” our first words would not be “free at last” but rather “Black lives matter.” […]

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COMMENTARY: Louisiana needs jobs, not more taxes and lawsuits

Wages are down. Unemployment is up. By and large, we are paying more and earning less. Our families are struggling, and yet, the governor continues to focus his agenda on creating more taxes, more lawsuits, and more barriers to economic growth.

We cannot afford to continue down this dangerous path. […]

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Racial Incidents Highlight Need for Black History Education

Would a white student who was fully cognizant of the nation’s history of oppression against African Americans, of Jim Crow and institutionalized humiliation, casually toss around a racial slur for her own amusement, or wear a costume resembling the uniform of the nation’s most vicious and deadly terrorist organization? […]

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Does the education of Black children matter in Tangipahoa?

Fifty years later, the question remains whether or not education in the lives of Black children matter. The answer is emphatically, yes it does, because the fight continues for equity in thr Tangipahoa Parish School System. Unfortunately, there is very little resolve towards settling a 50 year old desegregation lawsuit. […]

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DRUM CALL: The Ferguson Decision highlights a house divided

Today, police officers in the United States may, with impunity, murder members of the public, especially people of color, and to get away with it. All they have to say is that they feared for their lives. But what is left every time no justice is sought in these cases is a segment of society that feels they have no choice but to take matters into their own hands. […]