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The Day Fear and Ignorance Prevailed

One year later, I reflect on a day that stands out in infamy – November 8, 2016. This piece also appears on Advancement Project’s Medium page.   The cool breeze of a brisk November Tuesday felt familiar. Oddly enough, it … Continue reading

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Reflections on a Season of Transition

Forgive my silence for the past few months – life’s transitions often fall into and flow through one another. After an excellent year at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, I joined Advancement Project as a staff attorney … Continue reading

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Dear Friend – The Millennial Moment

Proud to support my high school colleague, Janice Bonsu, and her teammates at The Millennial Moment. I urge you to visit their website for more information on this fascinating project. In the meantime, check out my letter by clicking on … Continue reading

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HBCUs: Much greater than a brief photo opportunity

This piece appears on various publications associated with the Trice Edney News Wire, including The New Pittsburgh Courier.  I love historically Black colleges and universities, commonly referred to as HBCUs. I’m certainly biased, as I’m a graduate of Howard University … Continue reading

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The Essential Nature of HBCUs

This piece originally appeared in Diverse Issues in Higher Education on February 2, 2017. Even though my formal education is finished, I still find myself conversing about my college choice in various circles frequently. These casual dialogues often pose some … Continue reading

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The Rich History and Current Relevance of America’s HBCUs

This piece originally appeared in AFRO News on February 2, 2017.  On January 9, 2017, the remedial phase of The Coalition for Equity and Excellence in Maryland Higher Education, et al. v. The Maryland Higher Education Commission, et al. kicked … Continue reading

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A Tribute to Terence Crutcher and Keith Scott

This piece originally appeared on the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law‘s blog.  The warm rays of sun welcomed us on to I-40 just as we passed downtown Oklahoma City. My father and I found mutual excitement in the … Continue reading

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King David’s Destiny

I delivered this speech for Donaldson Chapel Baptist Church’s STAR Sunday Service on June 5, 2016 in Baton Rouge, LA.  Good morning. First, giving reverence and honor to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, I recognize that I am nothing without his … Continue reading

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A Summer Well-Spent

A condensed version of this piece appears on Advancement Project’s blog – Just Democracy.  “Mr. Hairston, can we get extra recess?” The familiar inquiry entered my eardrums as the day neared completion. After a few persistent attempts from several classmates, the … Continue reading

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A Reflection on Death

Meonne Davis Glenn, 1980-2015 Cassius Ezra Fredd, 1992-2015 April proved to be a difficult month. During the middle of it, I learned that a Howard senior, Cassius Fredd, passed away unexpectedly. The following week, my mother informed me that my first … Continue reading

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