Category Archives: Education

Michael Middelton Takes the Helm at Lincoln University

By Free Radical

Michael Middleton

Michael Middleton

Michael Middleton, former interim president of the University of Missouri system, will have to delay his retirement plans. He was recently named interim president of Lincoln University.

The vacancy became available after former Lincoln President, Kevin Rome, was hired to lead Fisk University.

Middleton, who had recently retired as MU’s deputy chancellor in 2015, was appointed to the MU presidency when racial tensions resulted in the ouster of Tim Wolfe. In March 2017, the UM System selected Mun Choi to serve as the university system’s president.

Middleton will have to rescue Lincoln from another form of unrest, though still tied to racism. The Republican dominated Missouri state government has shredded the higher education budget. While larger predominantly White schools have struggled to navigate these cuts, they are near to crippling Black schools such

Common, Keri Hilson Join Colin Kaepernick to Help Chicago Students Know Their Rights 

By Free Radical

Common (left), Colin Kaepernick (right)

Common (left), Colin Kaepernick (right)

NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick is not allowing his free agency status to derail his activism. Earlier this month, he took his “Know Your Rights” camp to Chicago at the city’s historic DuSable Museum of African American History.

Musicians Common and Keri Hilson joined him for the daylong event.

According to the camp’s website, it is “a free campaign for youth fully funded by Colin Kaepernick to raise awareness on higher education, self empowerment, and instruction to properly interact with law enforcement in various scenarios.”

The website also has helpful resources that, among other things, provide a history of why mainstream society

Betsy Devos to Give Bethune Cookman Commencement Address

By Free Radical 
57c5cbbb781c4d8a8165a4a9f58bff21_18Last week, Bethune Cookman University, an HBCU in Daytona Beach, Florida, announced that Secretary of Education Betsy Devos would give their commencement address on May 10.

The official announcement likened Devos, to Bethune-Cookman’s famous founder Mary McLeod Bethune, a pioneer of both civil and women’s rights: “Much like Dr. Bethune, Founder of Bethune-Cookman University, Secretary DeVos deems the importance of opportunity and hope for students to receive an exceptional education experience.”

This statement and the overall selection of Devos have drawn the ire of BC alumni and other African-Americans. Along with aligning herself with the deeply unpopular Donald Trump, Devos is a staunch advocate of school choice. Though many African-Americans support school choice in some form of another, many consider the Education Secretary to be on the extreme. Her advocacy of things

Study: Poverty Impacts Brain Function

By Free Radical 

brain1[1]Several studies have shown how structural racism and economic inequality can create a cyclical path for families trying to escape poverty. A recent piece in The Atlantic shows that economically disadvantaged people not only have to contend with broader socioeconomic challenges, but they also have to “free their mind.”

The Atlantic cites research conducted by Economic Mobility Pathways, or EMPath, which shows that poverty actually can change the brain. It explains that the pre-frontal cortex, which sits at the front of the brain, “handles problem-solving, goal-setting, and task-execution.” The study goes on to say that this portion of the brain works with the limbic system, located in the skull’s center, and “processes emotions and triggers emotional responses, in part because of its storage of long-term memory.”

Large amounts of stress, such as that experienced by impoverished people, result in the limbic system “constantly sending fear and stress