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As U.S. newsreels showed African Americans fighting for freedom from a Jim Crow South, Cuban headlines informed readers of a colorblind revolution across the Gulf, in which its leader Fidel Castro sought to end racial discrimination a...

Jess Tomlinson doesn’t want to be called a survivor.

“For me, when you attribute [the term] to a whole community of people, the rhetoric behind it becomes almost a hero mentality,” said Tomlinson, a senior majoring in journalism. “It’s like, this is something you’ve sur...

Darcel Green didn’t think much of her quiet life in the small, West Alabama town of Livingston, until she took a car ride with her high school science teacher one day after school.

Like many teachers in Green’s majority-black high school, this teacher enrolled her daugh...

For our final project in Dr. Hilary Green's "Slavery at UA" Blount course, I and three other classmates curated an exhibit on Reconstruction-era black education in Tuscaloosa, which complemented other exhibits on family and politics and was displayed on campus on Nov....

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When teacher Shemena Shivers walked into her Melrose High School science lab for the first time, she couldn’t contain her excitement at the closet full of equipment and supplies. But after a closer look revealed long-expired solutions and outd...

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Teaching degree programs at four-year institutions nationwide are disproportionately white, according to new Urban Institute data. But things look different in Memphis, where two local colleges, the University of Memphis and Christian Brothers...

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Patrick Washington has teaching in his blood.  

Washington’s great-great-grandfather, Richard Adkins, was born a slave in Marshall County, Mississippi. After the Civil War, Adkins, who was separated from his parents early on, worked as a sharec...

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Respect for others, being resourceful, and confronting biases are among the lessons four high-school-age students wanted to convey during a panel discussion for future Teach for America participants.

Teach for America Memphis trains recent col...

This was a 20-page literature review that I wrote and presented on for my sophomore significant contribution through the University Fellows program. I was interested in continuing research on Central High School and wanted to explore the forces that helped shape its na...

This was a 30-page white paper I wrote for my final project in Dr. Mary Givens' Education Policy class. This literature review analyzes causes of the school-to-prison pipeline through critical race theory and mixed mediums such as personal narratives, memoirs, movies a...

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — At every home game at the University of Alabama, where I am a sophomore, the fraternities sit in a reserved corner of the stadium. My freshman year, they wore Trump stickers. This year, they traded them in for Roy Moor...

Caleb Werth’s older brother Aaron was six years old when he promised his mother he wouldn’t smile in his school picture. When she opened the envelope, she saw he kept his promise. Why did he have to take one every year, after all? he wondered.

But that wasn’t the s...

In the seconds before class started, Julie Jacobs scanned the second-story youth room in a mild panic. Someone left their Bible on the foosball table in the back, probably from last Wednesday night, but that wasn’t what she was looking for this Friday morning.  

“Where’...

It was a Monday night, and Sakina Dhondia had a test the next day, but she and her friends didn’t come to the third floor of the Ferguson Center to study. 

Instead, they sat around a table outside the Crossroads office, pen and paper in hand. The assignment? Jot down so...

Frannie James said she’d be terrified if she were still a full-time English as a Second Language instructor.

“If I lost my job at The University of Alabama, there’s not many other jobs to get,” said the semi-retired part-time instructor. 

Housed in the Capstone Internati...

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