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 […]

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 […]

The Thirteenth Amendment: A Brief Overview

On Sunday, rapper, producer, and amateur fashion designer Kanye West made headlines yet again.  While West is no stranger to controversy, his latest comments seemed to set a new standard for himself. Over the weekend, West tweeted a picture of himself in a red “Make America Great Again” hat.  The photo’s caption read: “this represents […]

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