With Black spending power expected to reach $1.1 trillion by year’s end,
hundreds of African Americans boycotted upscale stores in Chicago on Black Friday, in honor of the Black Lives Matter movement, and took their business elsewhere. Activist and teacher Aquillia Mikel is one of those people. Here, Mikel tells TNJ.com about her efforts to promote black entrepreneurship in the Windy City.
It is rare for a living American to have any monument named in his or
her honor, but David N. Dinkins, as New York City’s first Black mayor,
is a rare individual. But even he was surprised to learn that the
classic, beaux arts Manhattan Municipal Building, once planned to be
sold and converted to a condominium, would be renamed the David N.
Dinkins Municipal Building.
This month has been a busy one for the Executive Leadership Council, the preeminent membership organization for the development of
global black leaders. But between its annual Mid-Level Managers'
Symposium followed by its 2015 Recognition Gala, Pres. and CEO Ronald Parker spoke with us about plans for
global expansion and what's next for the Council & Foundation.
United Negro College Fund has launched the UNCF Career Pathways Initiative. With a $50 million commitment from the Lilly Endowment, UNCF will award competitive grants
to four-year HBCUs and
predominantly black institutions "to help students gain the
knowledge, preparation, insight and skills needed for meaningful
employment in a technology-driven, global economy.”
According to the U.S. Department of Education’s website, the White House
has recently launched the Initiative on Educational Excellence for
African American Films. The first installment of the screening and
discussion series drew roughly 100 students from the DC-Maryland
Jamar McKneely takes his job as a school administrator very seriously; and the students of New Orleans are better for it. McKneeley is the co-founder and executive director of InspireNOLA Charter Schools, a nonprofit that manages schools. Here, we talk to him about his focus on creating a pipeline for leadership in the city's charter school system.
On this 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, education reform has been an empowering step towards
rebuilding communities. Here, TNJ.com talks to Dana Peterson who is the deputy superintendent of
external affairs for the Recovery School District, a special district
of the Louisiana Department of Education charged with an unprecedented
challenge and opportunity to tackle and transform chronically
underperforming schools in Louisiana.