“Academically talented and politically conscious” is how the 26th California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Jack O’Connell, described Zephanii (“Ze”) N’shea Smith when selecting her in December 2007 to the prestigious and highly competitive United [...]
By Jesse Jackson Fifty years ago, on a cold day in Dallas, Nov. 22, 1963, President Kennedy was assassinated. To my mind, what is extraordinary about the Kennedy assassination is that the haters did not [...]
A year ago, the Oakland Unified School District entered an agreement with federal civil rights officials to reduce the number of suspensions of African-American students in Oakland schools and eradicate bias in discipline.
In the historical Freedom Rides of 1961 that challenged the status quo of Jim Crow segregation laws in the South, John Charles Taylor Jr. was one of the few students from the Bay Area who [...]
It has been 150 years since the Emancipation Proclamation and 50 yearsÖ since my friend and mentor, Medgar Evers, was assassinated. My whole life has been entwined with the civil rights struggle.
President Obama told civil rights leaders this week that his administration would work to strengthen the Voting Rights Act in light of a Supreme Court decision striking down a key provision.