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What Black Parents Must Do This Summer

What Black Parents Must Do This Summer

Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu by Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu There is a 3 year gap between Black and White students. Many people love to believe it’s due to income fatherlessness, educational attainment of the parent and lack of parental involvement. I believe a major reason for the gap is we continue to close schools for the summer as if we are an agrarian [...]

Diversity does not mean Black

Diversity does not mean Black

Diversity does not get Affirmative Action. By Don Allen (Critical Thinking) …These days, when you hear the word “diversity” used on every college campus, at local schools, Fortune 500 companies an local-city political infrastructures that denote diversity is the number-one mission for it’s citizens, it makes you wonder what they [...]

James “Jimmy” Hamilton: The Death of a High School Band Teaching Legend

James “Jimmy” Hamilton: The Death of a High School Band Teaching Legend

Mr. Hamilton had many sons, I was one. He knew what his students needed and made sure each of us worked towards success while listening to his oral history (stories) and experiences to help us avoid making mistakes in life. He did say, “Some of you will touch the flame on the stove just to check and see if it will burn. That’s okay; that’s [...]

Part I: Northside Achievement Zone: Return on Investment doesn’t add up to success

College ready? Does that mean that all of the "zones" children will go to college? 2035 is far away; bullets and violence are here today. At the end of 2014, Minnesota Public Radio did a story about Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ). The story cites, “An ambitious effort to improve the academic performance of children in north Minneapolis is [...]

Minneapolis Initiatives and Community Love is Fake

Minneapolis Initiatives and Community Love is Fake

Of course positioning for money and sex makes it harder (phrasing); the cultural assimilation of stewardship for black folks in the Twin Cities has fallen into the hand of shame, disbelief and murder. By Don Allen, Publisher and founder of the Minnesota Institute of Research and Public Policy for the Disparities of Black Minnesotans [...]

MCTC’s Student Life: Being Colorblind won’t help the majority

MCTC’s Student Life: Being Colorblind won’t help the majority

I wrote this many years ago. It was originally posted on February 2, 2012 by City College News in Letters to the Editor. With the hiring of Sharon Pierce, President of Minneapolis Community and Technical, there is a need for an immediate change in the politics which reject the success of the black body. President Pierce must reconfigure the [...]

The Segregation of Cultural Competence in the Training of Teaching Education

The Segregation of Cultural Competence in the Training of Teaching Education

This week was very hard for me. The guest speaker for one of my classes prompted a conversation about black boys in K-12 and the unfortunate disparities of suspension, disciplinary actions and the disappearance of special education referrals written by teachers. It shocked me to see the professor teaching this class was very uncomfortable talking [...]

Technology in K-12 Classrooms: A drastic change in our educational system has been in the roll of a Teacher

Technology in K-12 Classrooms: A drastic change in our educational system has been in the roll of a Teacher

Everyday new technology is being introduced into classrooms around word. Will it do hurt or harm? By Don Allen, Publisher - Our Black News Minneapolis, Minn. - The methods in which teachers impart knowledge on students have drastically changed over the last century. There have been profound changes in the philosophy behind the teaching [...]

Are you the President of the United States?

Are you the President of the United States?

Children are very perceptive; sometimes what they perceive reflects the missing components of society and education. ~Don Allen By Don Allen, Publisher | Educator Saint Paul, Minn - As some of you might already know, educating black children has been an uphill battle in Minnesota and across the United States. Classrooms, teachers and [...]

A Philosophy of Knowledge – Don Allen

A Philosophy of Knowledge  – Don Allen

Don Allen, Publisher - Our Black News (Minneapolis, MN.) Before I start blogging about what’s happening in the black community since the death of Jamar Clark, I need to educate you on my beliefs and philosophy on knowledge. This is an important lesson that will provide background about my position on why we (black Minnesotans) remain static [...]

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