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Black Lives Matter and the Price of the Ticket

You could fill the wing of a library with all of the books written about President Barack Obama. In Frederick C. Harris’s The Price of the Ticket: Barack Obama and the Rise and Decline of Black Politics, he argues that the election of Obama exacted a heavy cost on Black Politics. Published in 2012—the same year that Trayvon Martin was killed—Harris’s book contends that Obama’s race-neutral approach to governing and policymaking, along with the Black elites’ refusal to pressure the president to address community interests, has incurred a political price for Black Americans. Melanye T. Price’s recently published book, The Race Whisperer: Barack Obama and the Politics Uses of Race is the respon

When your grandmother is hidden

In 2011, my mother Miriam Mann Harris was approached by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to provide an oral history of her mother, Miriam Daniel Mann, who was in the first cohort of Black women to work at NASA in 1943. My grandmother was born in Covington, Georgia, on July 25, 1907. Her father was a barber and her mother was a schoolteacher. She grew up in Macon, Georgia, and graduated from Talladega College in Alabama with a major in chemistry and a minor in mathematics. After teaching school a few years... >> Read the rest of Duchess' article in Minnesota Women's Press

Margot Lee Sheerly gives tribute to Miriam Daniel Mann

Margot Lee Shetterly, the author of "Hidden Figures," speaks at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs on February 21, 2017. Courtesy Humphrey School of Public Affairs (Excerpt from MPR) Margot Lee Shetterly, author of "Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race," was the Distinguished Carlson Lecturer at the University of Minnesota February 21, 2017. Presented by the University of Minnesota Humphrey School, Carlson and the Carlson Family Foundation, the presentation included a discussion with Shetterly and Michele Norris, executive director of The Race Card Project at the Aspen Institute... >> Read the full story!

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