PROFILE: Clyde Kennard

Clyde Kennard (June 12, 1927–July 4, 1963) bravely and righteously tried to pursue higher education in Mississippi. He faced the fatal wrath of the state as a result of his efforts to challenge white supremacy.

#tdih March 30 is Clyde Kennard Day. Korean War veteran Clyde Kennard put his life on the line in the 1950s when he attempted to become the first African American to attend Mississippi Southern College. Kennard wrote eloquent letters about the need for desegregation and his right to attend college. Instead of being admitted, the state of Mississippi framed him on criminal charges for a petty crime and sentenced him to seven years of hard labor at Parchman Penitentiary. His righteous challenge to white supremacy proved fatal.

Read his bio, the letters he wrote and court documents at the link below.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY March 31, 1944: Frank S. Emi Interrogated

Frank Emi Frank Emi (right), leader of the Heart Mountain Fair Play Committee, stands with supporter Kozie Sakai in a photo taken at the height of the draft resistance movement, 1944, Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming. Courtesy of Frank Abe and Frank Emi.

#tdih 1944 Frank Emi, leading figure in the Fair Play Committee, was interrogated. The Fair Play Committee was an ad hoc group that protested the drafting of Japanese Americans during World War II. Emi later explained: “I could not believe that the government could actually put us in camp, strip us of everything . . . and then order us into the military as if nothing had happened.”

Read more below and watch Conscience and the Constitution.

Why Schools Should Be Organized To Prioritize Relationships

Strong relationships can prime a student to learn, help mitigate the effects of trauma and provide other benefits, so more schools are looking to create quality teacher-student bonds, San Francisco’s KQED reports. “A child can become a productive and engaged learner from any starting point, as long as we intentionally build those skills,” one adviser says.


NPR: How Admissions Really Work: If The College Admissions Scandal Shocked You, Read This

Some students get a leg up in college admissions.

Who needs fraud? There are lots of legal ways that wealthy families get a leg up in the college admissions process. The college admissions scandal, in which wealthy parents paid bribes to get their unqualified kids into top colleges through “side doors,” appalled many. But with high-dollar donations, legacy admissions and more subtle advantages of privilege, the process has never been purely merit-based.





3 steps all colleges should take after the admissions scandal

Reviewing paths in, increasing fraud protection and exploring new ways to give applicants a fair shot can help rebuild trust in the process.

The revelation earlier this month that a few dozen parents may have paid millions to secure their children spots at elite universities sent the higher ed news cycle into overdrive. The alleged national conspiracy — which was met with a mix of shock, validation and perhaps a little bit of pleasure at the prospect of justice being served — threw the spotlight on areas of the admissions process vulnerable to exploitation.

It also raised questions about the degree to which colleges trade on their own selectivity, whether admissions are tamper-proof and how money can legally buy access to higher education, whether through better preparation or donor connections.


Parkland, Newtown suicides reveal ‘systemic’ lack of mental health supports

Health and school safety experts say the apparent suicides of two student survivors and a shooting victim’s parent are a glaring sign things must change.

Many months, or even years, after two communities were rattled by school shootings, a string of suicides among those tied to the tragedies have resurfaced the devastation.

Sydney Aiello, who graduated from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018, died by suicide last week. Aiello, 19, survived the Parkland, Florida, shooting that killed 14 students and three staff members, and she reportedly struggled with survivor’s guilt and was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

About a week later, a second survivor and current Stoneman Douglas student, 16-year-old Calvin Desir, took his own life. And on Monday, Jeremy Richman, whose daughter was one of 20 children and six adults killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, died in an apparent suicide.

“It’s tragedy after tragedy and just compounds that sense of devastation,” said Amy Klinger, co-founder and director of programs for the Educator’s School Safety Network. “It really speaks to the need for supports and interventions and recovery, which is oftentimes not addressed.”


Friday, March 29, 2019: What Did We Learn From DeVos Hearings This Week?


So during Betsy DeVos’s terrible horrible no-good very bad week of hearings, what did we learn?

Opposition Parties Matter

This is the third budget in which DeVos tried to zero out Special Olympics. The third. So why so much fuss this time around? Perhaps because somebody made her go before Congress and explain herself (or not) in some exchanges that made for insta-viral hits.

Just imagine what it would be like if more legislators acted more like actual defenders of public education more often.



With One Reply, Betsy DeVos Told Us Her Real Plan for America’s Public Schools

by Nancy Bailey

In one of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s most troubling responses of both days of testimony, she responded to an inquiry by Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) about this nation’s crumbling school infrastructure. It comes about 1:09:45 into the tape (below) from the PBS News Hour. It’s important to remember that she has always said that public […]

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THIS DAY IN HISTORY March 29, 1951: Julius and Ethel Rosenberg Convicted of Espionage

Ethel and Julius Rosenberg. Source: Meeropol Family Archives.

#tdih 1951 Julius & Ethel Rosenberg were convicted of espionage. There was an international outcry and protests.

The junior prosecutor was Roy Cohn, who went on to work with Joseph McCarthy, became a leading mob attorney, and represented Trump for years. See the Democracy Now! clip ⬇️and follow the Rosenberg Fund for Children.


What chasing clicks means for news: A tale of two dailies

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A case study comparing two community newspapers finds that the paper more focused on audience metrics published fewer stories about civic issues, used fewer sources and let reader traffic guide news judgment to a greater degree than the paper that viewed analytics as a secondary consideration.


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