More than step shows: Meet Jared Ball, the Morgan State professor debunking HBCU myths

If you attended a historically Black college or university, you've heard it all before. HBCU students spend their refund checks on Jordan's, crab legs and haircuts. Non-Black students only go to HBCUs for the free tuition.  HBCU presidents routinely run budget deficits by making bad financial decisions. HBCU alumni refuse [...]

By |2021-10-21T10:04:28-05:00October 15, 2021|Blackness, Education, Justice, Politics, Race, Reckon Creates, Story|

A child care crisis worsened in the pandemic. Meet the Southerners working to fix it.

During the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, Nancy Sylvester watched with growing concern as child care centers around her own center in Jackson, Miss. closed their doors – for good. “There was one center that was just down the street, the largest center in this area, which had been [...]

By |2021-10-15T09:18:41-05:00October 13, 2021|Blackness, Economy, Education, Feature, Health, Reckon|Women, Story|

A Baptist pastor fired for criticizing Trump shares what he’s learned about faith, finding peace and being on the right side of biblical teachings

Will Kopp was a Baptist preacher in the Virginia town of Stuarts Draft. Now, he’s an everyday member of a Presbyterian church, and he’s not looking to lead a congregation again.   Kopp was fired from his church in June 2020 after he gave a sermon criticizing evangelical Christians’ embrace of then-President Donald [...]

By |2021-10-12T13:47:54-05:00October 11, 2021|Story|

Student loans were supposed to be forgiven for public service workers. They weren’t. Now the feds are fixing the problem.

Back in 2007, the federal government offered a deal: If certain student loan borrowers chose to work in the public sector – working for nonprofits, government agencies, or education – and stuck to it for 10 years their federal loans would be forgiven.  It’s been over a decade since [...]

By |2021-10-06T15:54:45-05:00October 6, 2021|Economy, Education, Story|

Fighting climate change inequity through flood insurance? Yep, it’s a thing.

On September 10, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson arrived at the George Washington Carver High School in New Orleans’s hurricane ravaged Ninth Ward. The school, built just four years earlier, had become a refugee center for those affected by a Category 4 hurricane that pummeled the city the previous day [...]

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