Howard University: A long tradition of producing historic ‘firsts’ HBCUs celebrated on January 20, 2021, as Kamala Harris became the first Black and South Asian American woman to serve at Vice President of the United States of America, and also the first HBCU graduate to serve as the second-most powerful person in the U.S. The vice president graduated [...]

Tuskegee to COVID: A Black doctor on medical racism and overcoming vaccine skepticism

You might have heard of the Tuskegee experiment. It was initially pitched as a six-month study of Black men with syphilis who, in exchange for their cooperation, were told they would be treated for free by the federal government. They never received treatment and the experiment continued for 40 years. [...]

By |2021-02-10T14:54:48-06:00February 10, 2021|Blackness, Education, Health, Life & Culture, Race, Story|

Southern states, high in STI and teen births rates, eye sex-ed changes  

Sex ed is on the mind of legislators across the South. Florida, Alabama and Mississippi are considering bills that could bring major changes to the type of sex education taught in their classrooms.   Every Southern state requires all sex education to emphasize abstinence-until-marriage as the best choice for young people. Under these state laws, schools must emphasize that [...]

By |2021-02-04T16:49:54-06:00February 4, 2021|Education, Politics, Story|

Why it matters that Alabama’s children of color will soon be the majority

Children of color will soon be the majority of children in Alabama, and people of color will make up the majority of the state’s workforce in a decade, according to a new report.  These findings were outlined in the Alabama Kids Count Data Book, published this month, which examines child-related quality-of-life characteristics like health, education and economic security on state and county levels. Due [...]

By |2021-01-14T15:43:09-06:00December 29, 2020|Education, Health, Race|

How this Covid nurse hoping to get pregnant made her decision about taking the coronavirus vaccine

In the days and months ahead, millions of Americans will be asked if they want the coronavirus vaccine, a mixture of mostly unpronounceable ingredients that prepare your immune system to fight the disease should you become infected. For most people, according to a November poll, the decision to take the [...]

By |2021-01-14T15:43:23-06:00December 22, 2020|Education, Health, Reckon|Women|

The Reckon List 2021: These people are fighting to build the future South

Chokwe Lumumba, the late mayor of Jackson, Miss., used to say, "To change America, you have to change the South." That's been true since the first enslaved Africans were delivered to Virginia in 1619, a year before the Pilgrims landed up North, since the federal government was forced to cut [...]

Mississippi teacher shortage fueled by student loan crisis, report shows

Over the last seven years, Mississippi’s public education system has seen a sharp decline in the number of students graduating from in-state teaching programs and pre-qualified teachers coming from different states. This is exacerbated by low and stagnating salaries and the rising cost of college education, according to a new [...]

By |2020-12-16T13:31:03-06:00December 16, 2020|Blackness, Economy, Education, Politics, Race, Story|

Purity culture can impact long-term sexual health 

This story is part of a series about purity culture, sex education and the role of family, faith and communities in addressing the lasting impacts of purity culture’s teachings. Cultural norms surrounding sex in the South can lead to long-lasting physical effects such sexual dysfunction, sexually transmitted infections and gynecological cancers, experts say.   Many [...]

By |2021-01-14T15:46:42-06:00December 9, 2020|Education, Health, Life & Culture, Reckon|Women, Story|
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