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Homeless shelter hits home

This month I wrote a small news summary about Sylvia Anthony, an inspiring woman who opened a homeless shelter for women and their children. This shelter offers guidance and emotional support for those who seek help. I have never been homeless. I lived in a warm home with enough food and books to keep me...

Researching May Quiz

As usual, this month I spent my time researching and developing the diversity quiz. The topic of this month’s quiz was the buying power of Asian Americans, as it is Asian Pacific Heritage Month in the United States. My main source of information for this quiz was Kang and Lee Advertising, which provides helpful information...
Commemorating Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka (1954)

Commemorating Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka (1954)

On May 17th, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously issued a decision that segregation in public education violated the right to equal protection under the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. This decision directed the lower courts to see to the desegregation of the nation’s schools. It also overturned the doctrine of “separate but...
Camden School District Takeover a Symptom of Racial Segregation

Camden School District Takeover a Symptom of Racial Segregation

One of the monthly features on diversitycentral.com is News and Trends. I usually write up 3 or 4 of these pieces each month from press releases and external research.  This month one of these pieces concerned the takeover of the Camden school district of New Jersey. Now, I hadn’t heard of the takeover before I...
Killing Us Softly 4

Killing Us Softly 4

This month my article on Jean Kilbourne’s 2010 film Killing Us Softly 4 is going live on www.diversitycentral.com. This film discusses the negative impact of advertising on women as well as men, how ad companies put forth an impossible image for women to aspire to, as well as many other interesting things you never knew...
A Month for Rebellion

A Month for Rebellion

For the past several months I have crafted the diversity calendar for Diversity Central. This month, as I was compiling my data, I noticed something interesting. More than previously, I noted Independence Days, National Days, Liberation Days. It appeared as if April were a month for rebelling. In this month alone here are the countries...
Holocaust Remembrance Day

Holocaust Remembrance Day

This is a day set aside in April to commemorate the Holocaust as it evolved during World War II. Over six million people died in the Holocaust, through starvation, maltreatment, disease, and murder, among other ways. This month I was selected to research a quiz on the Holocaust, and through it learned many interesting things....

Easter as part of a semi-religious family

I grew up with a mother and father who were raised Protestant. They kept it personal, however, not attending church, but rather praying on their own and living the word of God through their actions. I was raised Protestant as well, but was not forced into Sunday School or any other overtly religious practice. I...

Gold Medal Tour seeks donations to educate Americans about untold Japanese-American stories

As part of a 45-day campaign, the National Veterans Network is trying to get the Congressional Gold Medal to tour seven cities in the United States before making a permanent home at the American History Museum. The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian award in the United States, and is given to people who...

February Diversity Calendar

February is Black History Month in the United States! In 1926 Dr. Carter Woodson instituted a week-long celebration of the contributions of African Americans to history. Since then the celebration has extended until it encompassed an entire month, and it is recognized on both a scholarly and commercial level. This year’s theme is “At the...

Searching for quiz material: Celebrating Black authors

This month I had the opportunity to create the Diversity Quiz, centered around Black Heritage Month. As this heritage month had been explored in previous quizzes, I decided to focus on contemporary African American authors. Having taken multiple history and literature courses which explored prominent books by black authors, I already had a base from...

Google Play removes apps after public outrage over racist content

In mid-November, the app “Make me Asian” went public through the Google Play app store. This application allowed users to take a screenshot of themselves and add details such as a Fu Manchu mustache, slanted eyes, and yellow skin. Alongside it was the equally offensive “Make me Indian” application, which added a broadened nose, war...