Race-Based Employment Discrimination: What African Americans Should Know

  Most Americans work every day. Jobs help us pay our bills, feed our families, and provide us with a sense of security. While nearly everyone must work, getting and keeping work is particularly important for African Americans. Because of the historical wealth gap, African Americans cannot rely on other sources of wealth to meet […]

Free Speech in Schools: A Guide for Black Students and Parents

  Earlier this month, an 11-year-old boy from Lakeland, Florida was arrested after refusing to say the Pledge of allegiance. The boy, a sixth-grader, told his teacher that he viewed the pledge as racist. According to school officials, the boy became unruly when asked to leave the classroom. Police charged the boy with “disruption of […]

Religious Freedom: What African Americans Need to Know

  The freedom to practice one’s religion is a cherished American right.  Many of those present during the framing of the U.S. Constitution experienced religious persecution at the hands of the British.  Therefore, they wanted to ensure that the new nation valued religious freedom. However, like other constitutional rights, the stakes are often higher for […]

Why African Americans Should Care About International Law

Most Americans know very little about international law.  In fact, according to numerous polls, most Americans believe that foreign affairs should take a backseat to domestic concerns.  However, African Americans can ill afford to ignore international law and human rights.  Many areas of international law address the issues that African Americans face each day.  Both […]

Five Legal Issues Facing African American Veterans

Veteran’s Day is Monday, November 12.  First established in 1919, the holiday gives Americans an opportunity to thank those who serve in the military.  Like other Americans, African Americans serve their nation with pride.  Currently, nearly 12 percent of all veterans are African American.    Experts predict that the number of Black veterans will jump as […]

Legal Issues Facing the African American LGBT Community

October is LGBT History Month.  While the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community is far too often depicted as white in popular media, African Americans represent a significant portion of the LGBT population.  According to the latest data, five percent of African Americans identify as LGBT. Racism makes like difficult for all people of […]

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