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- s Black History (March 6, 2008;Glenn Collins;NYT;; New York Times; New Medium, Old Stories: A High-Tech Look at the City’; by. The teeming restaurant was called Downing’s Oyster House, and its 19th-century patrons were bankers, politicians and lawyers....)
- Britain's Slave Empire, as the Sun Set (February 18, 2007;Alan Riding;NYT;; New York Times; ;. ON March 25, 1807, Britain ended its participation in the slave trade. The move hardly absolved the country of the sin of having shipped millions of Africans to the New World for sale as chattels....)
- Muslim Against Muslim (August 13, 2006;Irshad Manji;NYT;, New York Times,, by Vali Nasr, book review by (photo by Reuters, The Golden Mosque, a Shiite shrine in the town of Samarra, was bombed by insurgents in February....)
- Muslim Women Don't See Themselves As Oppressed (June 8, 2006;, New York Times Muslim Women Don't See Themselves as Oppressed, Survey Finds By HELENA ANDREWS WASHINGTON, June 7 ...)
- Little People, Big World (March 24, 2006;Dan Kennedy;slate.com;Will TLC's new reality show change our perception of dwarfs? Posted Friday,, at 2:40 PM ET Don't you know that it's rude to stare? The makers of TLC's reality series do, which is the key to its appeal....)
- A Modern-Day Abolitionist Battles Slavery Worldwide (February 4, 2006;Joel Brinkley;NYT;A Modern-Day Abolitionist Battles Slavery Worldwide By JOEL BRINKLEY WASHINGTON YOU can find Ambassador John R....)
- No truth in race-related poverty (May 11, 2005;Walter E. Williams;Ministers Louis Farrakhan, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Washington, D.C.'s Mayor Anthony Williams and others recently met to discuss plans to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the October 1995 Million Man March....)
- A Chance To Study Hard, Long & Late (November 24, 2004;Samuel G. Freedman;NYT;ON EDUCATION Giving Poor Children a Chance to Study Hard, Long and Late By SAMUEL G. FREEDMAN ILMINGTON, Del....)
- Life Way After Head Start (November 21, 2004;David L. Kirp;NYT;Life Way After Head Start By DAVID L. KIRP he power of education to level the playing field has long been an American article of faith....)
- Trafficking In Women and Children (August 9, 2004;Nimfa Cuesta Vilches;TRAFFICKING IN WOMEN AND CHILDREN By: Judge A girl child in the Philippines is discriminated upon early in life due to culture-based and family reinforced gender biases....)
- Where Jobs Are (May 13, 2004;W. Michael Cox, Richard Alm and Nigel Holmes;NYT;OP-CHART Where the Jobs Are By W. MICHAEL COX, RICHARD ALM and NIGEL HOLMES ob jitters are vexing America....)
- Devah Pager (March 20, 2004;Brooke Kroeger;NYT;When a Dissertation Makes a Difference By BROOKE KROEGER or, a young sociologist from Honolulu, "kulia i ka nu'u" "to strive for the summit" ...)
- Ruth J Simmons (March 13, 2004;Pam Belluck;NYT;Brown U. to Examine Debt to Slave Trade By PAM BELLUCK ROVIDENCE, R.I., - When Ruth J. Simmons became the president of Brown University nearly three years ago, one striking fact could not be overlooked....)
- Trail Honors Black Author (March 13, 2004;Jason Geary;SS;Trail honors black author Fort Pierce Tribune Fort Pierce: Before dying broke in a nursing home, Zora Neale Hurston led a rich life. She spent her final four years in Fort Pierce....)
- Polarized Readers (March 13, 2004;Emily Eakin;NYT;Study Finds a Nation of Polarized Readers By EMILY EAKIN ush at War" and "Sleeping With the Devil" are just two of the political books that have dominated the best-seller list of The New York Times in recent months....)
- The Great Indian Dream (March 11, 2004;Thomas L. Friedman;NYT;By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN ANGALORE, India Nine years ago, as Japan was beating America's brains out in the auto industry, I wrote a column about playing a computer geography game with my daughter, then 9 years old....)
- Peter, Paul, Mary and God (February 28, 2004;Nicholas D. Kristof;NYT;OP-ED COLUMNIST Peter, Paul, Mary... and God By NICHOLAS D....)
- Globalization and Greater Good (February 22, 2004;BOOK VALUE Of Globalization and the Greater Good By WILLIAM J. HOLSTEIN AVED ABIDI traveled to the United States from India as a teenager in the late 1970's for treatment of his spinal cord....)
- Black history is helpful history (February 21, 2004;Stebbins Jefferson;PBP;Turning away from past won't help the future. By Stebbins Jefferson, Palm Beach Post Columnist Saturday, February 21, 2004 We are approaching the end of another Black History Month....)
- Total Poverty Awareness (February 21, 2004;David K. Shipler;NYT;OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR By DAVID K. SHIPLER HEVY CHASE, Md. Thanks to the focus by John Edwards on the "two Americas," the working poor have become a topic in the Democratic presidential race....)
- A bridge to Gullah culture (January 31, 2004;Margo Harakas;SS;Staff Writer Marquetta L. Goodwine moves easily between two worlds. College-educated, she was raised in the relatively isolated setting of St....)
- Looking beyond free trade as a solution to helping the developing world (June 12, 2003;Jeff Madrick (Nyt) 1127 Words;NYT;June 12, 2003, Thursday BUSINESS/FINANCIAL DESK Economic Scene; Looking beyond free trade as a solution to helping the developing world....)
- Abyssinian Development Corporation (June 8, 2003;Seventh Avenue Travels to Harlem by Seth Kugel, New York Times, 6/8/03 When Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg attends an event, he is accustomed to being the center of attention....)
- South Africans Pay Respects to Hero Sisulu (May 17, 2003;The Associated Press;NYT;South Africans Pay Respects to Hero Sisulu By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Filed at 6:42 a.m....)
- "Taking Liberties": The Rights Stuff (May 11, 2003;Eugene R. Fidell;NYT;'Taking Liberties': The Rights Stuff By EUGENE R. FIDELL ost autobiographers probably hope they'll end up being loved....)
- Walter Sisulu (May 10, 2003;Stebbins Jefferson;PBP;Saturday, May 10 Second to Mandela? Hardly that, Palm Beach Post Columnist Next Saturday, South Africa will hold its first state funeral since the end of white rule. The gentleman being honored is....)
- Philanthropy Her Own Way (May 8, 2003;Karen W. Arenson;NYT;By KAREN W. ARENSON he does not have the name recognition of a Brooke Astor or a Sanford I. Weill. But Sheila C. Johnson has been making a philanthropic mark in the elite horse country of Virginia, where she lives;...)
- Unpacking Harlem History (May 8, 2003;Peter Hellman;NYT;By PETER HELLMAN HEN the movers arrived at her house in Alexandria, Va., in February, A'Lelia Bundles says she begged them to be "extra, extra careful" with the tall Queen Anne-style desk in the foyer....)
- Finding the Right Government for Iraq (April 26, 2003;Marci Hamilton;: U.S. History Shows That It May Take Time, Patience, Rethinking, and Amendment By MARCI HAMILTON Saturday, Apr. 26, 2003, reprinted from www.findlaw.com where Professor Hamilton writes a column every other Thursday....)
- The Two Towns Of Jasper (January 22, 2003;On June 7, 1998, the most vicious racially motivated murder since the 1955 lynching of Emmett Till occurred in Jasper, Texas....)
- MalcolmX Papers To Schomburg (January 8, 2003;Emily Eakin;NYT;Malcolm X Trove to Schomburg Center By EMILY EAKIN rare cache of letters, speeches, photographs and j...)
- Army still not fluent in logic (November 23, 2002;Stebbins Jefferson;PBP;, Palm Beach Post Columnist Saturday, Don't cut off your nose to spite your face. Don't shoot yourself in the foot. Don't swallow a horse and choke on a flea....)
- Resources on Haitian Topics (November 20, 2002;The following titles in the "Towards a More Perfect Union Resource Center" may be helpful in our present concern about Haitians....)
- Bernard Lewis Asks 'What Went Wrong?' Between Islam and the West (January 27, 2002;Paul Kennedy;NYT;Bernard Lewis Asks 'What Went Wrong?' Between Islam and the West By PAUL KENNEDY n early 1979 the authoritarian and m...)
- Analyzing the Cultural Collision That Gave Rise to Sept. 11 (January 25, 2002;Serge Schmemann;NYT;Analyzing the Cultural Collision That Gave Rise to Sept. 11 By SERGE SCHMEMANN ne of the first and most troubling questions to arise after Sept....)
- Boycott, a film on the Montgomery bus boycott of 1955-56 (January 8, 2002;HBO has produced a film named Boycott which tells the story of the bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama led by Dr. King after Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a public bus....)
- Many Heavens, Many Ways to Get There (January 5, 2002;Michael Kimmelman;NYT;January 5, 2002 By MICHAEL KIMMELMAN N a new book, "The Quest for Paradise: Visions of Heaven and Eternity in the World's Myths and Religions," John Ashton, the Bible scholar, and T...)
- Races as the Same Machine in Different Colors (January 1, 2002;Linda Villarosa;NYT;Races as the Same Machine in Different Colors By LINDA VILLAROSA espite the American obsession with race, growing numbers of experts believe that it is a meaningless concept, at least as far as medicine goes. Dr. J....)
- Kwanzaa - The First Fruit Celebration (December 26, 2001;PBP;Seven principles of unity Palm Beach Post Staff Reports Wednesday, Kwanzaa: A week to celebrate African culture Kwanzaa, a celebration of African culture, begins today and continues through Jan. 1....)
- 2011: Sept. 11 Ten Years From Now (December 2, 2001;Niall Ferguson;NYT;2011 By NIALL FERGUSON ake the long view. What will New York be like on Sept. 11, 2011? It's not difficult to imagine a rather wretched future....)
- Muslim Roots of Resentment (November 8, 2001;Virginia Postrel;NYT;November 8, 2001 ECONOMIC SCENE The Decline of the Muslim Middle East, and the Roots of Resentment By VIRGINIA POSTREL ntil the late Middle Ages, the Muslim Middle East was at least as economically developed as Europe....)
- Diversity is not optional, by Donna Shalala (October 23, 2001;Donna Shalala;SS;Diversity is not optional By Donna E....)
- Small Loans Help Millions of World's Poorest, Coalition Says (October 8, 2001;Ginger Thompson;NYT;October 8, 2001 Small Loans Help Millions of World's Poorest, Coalition Says By GINGER THOMPSON EXICO CITY, Oct. 7 An international coalition of microlending agencies ...)
- Ramsey Clark Interview (August 31, 2001;Derrick Jensen;an interview by DERRICK JENSEN When I picture a high-ranking government official, I think of someone who is corrupt. I think of a corporate shill. I think of someone who is not a friend to the people of this country....)
- The Enduring Legacy of the South's Civil War Victory (August 26, 2001;NYT;August 26, 2001 FREE AT LAST The Enduring Legacy of the South's Civil War Victory By David Brion David Illinois State Historical Library His name was Gordon....)
- The Poor Man's Capitalist: Hernando de Soto (July 1, 2001;Matthew Miller;NYT;By MATTHEW MILLER Michael Edwards for The New York Times The Mystery of Capital Read the Review First Chapter t's Monday night in Haiti, and Hernando de Soto is talking about the barking dogs again. They're everywhere....)
- We Have Been Here Before, by George Will (June 11, 2001;George Will;Newsweek;June 11 issue of ...)
- Quest for the Lost Civilization (June 2, 2001;NYT;I happened to catch a show on the Learning Channel called ""....)
- The Importance of Diversity to High-Technology Growth (May 31, 2001;An analysis comparing measures of tolerance, diversity, and high-technology success in 50 metropolitan areas found: "People in technology businesses are drawn to places known for diversity of thought and o...)
- Lost Children Of Wilder (March 29, 2001;NYT;BOOKS OF THE TIMES 'The Lost Children of Wilder': A Sad Cycle of Bounces in Foster Care By PATRICIA J. WILLIAMS Suzanne DeChillo/Pantheon Books THE LOST CHILDREN OF WILDER The Epic Struggle to Change Foster Care....)
- Perry Preschool Project (Significant Benefits: The High/Scope Perry Preschool Project This study—...)
- Children's Defense Fund, by Mark Satin (April 1, 2000;The Children's Defense Fund is emerging as a very important entity in the new millenium. Here are Mark Satin's comments published in his newsletter The Radical Middle....)
- Taking America's Pulse, research from NCCJ, by Dr. Tom W. Smith ("Taking America's Pulse II", a national survey funded by Bank of America, is a revealing report on attitudes Americans have about each other....)
- The Other Americans, How Immigrants Renew Our Country, Our Economy, and Our Values (Joel Millman;Viking;The United States is a nation of immigrants, but in recent years all too often it has been said that arrivals from other countries are undermining the nation....)
- The State of America's Children, 2001 Edition, The Children's Defense Fund (The 2001 Edition of The Children's Defense Fund's report "The State of America's Children" was recently released (April 15, 2001, 144 pages plus 32 page foreword). Single copies are available for $15.95 plus $5....)
- DOJ Targets Hate Crimes or Racial Scapegoating for Asian-Americans (NAPALC NEWS WIRE, October 4, 2001 Federal Government Resources for Asian Pacific Americans Targeted for Hate Crimes or Racial Scapegoating The following information is also posted on the website of the National Asian...)