For the past two years, students in my Black history Sports Icons course have watched Regina King's Academy-nominated film "One Night in Miami" to begin our section on Muhammad Ali, formerly Cassius Clay. Since "One Night in Miami" has a detailed focus on Malcolm X, I suggested to students who had some extra time between their class assignments ...Read more
A significant number of Gen Z Americans and college students appear to be doing a "pivot" back to religion, according to Jay Richards, the director of the Richard and Helen DeVos Center for Life, Religion, and Family at the Heritage Foundation.
In an interview with Fox News Digital, Richards explains that this is a trend that differs from ...Read more
One of the Black history documentaries that I had marked on my to-see list is the recently released PBS "Gospel" series that is hosted by Henry Louis Gates Jr., who serves as the Alphonse Fletcher University professor and the director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University.
"Gospel," as Gates ...Read more
Controversy has arisen again regarding the upcoming performance of "Lift Every Voice and Sing" that is scheduled for Super Bowl 58. During last year's game, "Lift Every Voice and Sing," also referred to as the "Black national anthem," was sung by Sheryl Lee Ralph, affectionately known to "Abbot Elementary" fans as "Miss Barbara." Grammy Award-...Read more
Toward the end of January, the Pew Research Center published results of a 2023 summer survey it conducted through its American Trends Panel on religious "nones," people who identify as "atheist, agnostic or nothing in particular." Out of a targeted sample size of 12,932 U.S. adults, 11,201 participated, resulting in an impressive 87% response ...Read more
PBS NewsHour's senior correspondent Judy Woodruff traveled the country for six months last year to get more insight on the partisan divisions, economic struggles and continued skepticism many people have regarding our nation's institutions. I had some time recently to watch one of her November reports on Steubenville, Ohio, which hit close to ...Read more
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation recently presented its seventh National Day of Racial Healing town hall on NBC News NOW, which was broadcast from Los Angeles. The town hall is always held following Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and this year it was hosted by NBC anchors Kate Snow and Zinhle Essamuah. Key topics that were discussed included educating ...Read more
I happened to catch the recent "CBS Mornings" news interview of Yolanda Renee King, the only grandchild of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King. While promoting her new children's book honoring her grandparents titled "We Dream a World," Yolanda gave a profound answer when asked what she would say to them if they were alive today. "...Read more
Colleges and universities are preparing for the spring 2024 semester, and one current trend will be obvious at many campuses throughout the nation: there are fewer young men enrolled at four-year schools.
This downward curve of male students is viewed as a disturbing drop-off by many educators. Women now make up almost 60% of U.S. college ...Read more
As 2023 draws to a close, one of the things that I improved this year was my time management. I was much better organized with my work schedule in terms of outside writing projects, and I provided additional time to give my students more constructive feedback on their research essays. I was also more diligent in overseeing my responsibilities in...Read more
One of my favorite songs to listen to during the holiday season is the soulful rendition of "Handel's Messiah" that was arranged by Quincy Jones and Mervyn Warren, an original member of the gospel a cappella group Take 6. "Handel's Messiah" was released on an album with other Christmas classics back in 1992, and the album featured some of the ...Read more
The first day of December marked the 68th anniversary of Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat to a White man on a city bus in Montgomery, Alabama. That simple but defiant rejection of the segregation laws of Southern public transportation was the catalyst to spark the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955. It also ushered a 26-year-old Martin Luther...Read more
The College Football Playoff committee's recent decision to deny undefeated ACC champion Florida State a chance to play for a national title sent shockwaves of disbelief that escalated to anger among FSU alums and fans.
During the inception of the CFP nine years ago, it was always believed that an undefeated Power 5 conference champ would never...Read more