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My Brother, Jimmy E. Williams Jr., Entrepreneur and Ex-Navy Pilot, On An Unusual Key To Success

    Editor’s note:  My brother, James E. Williams Jr., penned these thoughts earlier this year during commemorative events marking the 1917 race riot in East St. Louis, Illinois, our hometown.   By James E. Williams Jr. What is the … Continue reading

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Political Historymaker of Southern Illinois

  By Lillian Williams The mayoral election of James E. Williams Sr. marked a political turning point for the city of East St. Louis, Illinois, in 1971.  He was the first African-American mayor of this Southern Illinois municipality. The April … Continue reading

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A Letter To My Mom

By Lillian Williams Mom, thank you for so many things, but most of all for your courage. Your life exemplifies extraordinary courage. You never talk about your mountains, your difficulties, your problems. You just keep going. But you have a … Continue reading

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TV News Producer Shares Broadcast Style Writing Tips

Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Dan Zar, a news producer for WXMI-TV FOX17 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Zar has also worked for the Post-Tribune in Northwest Indiana covering municipal government, breaking news, and feature stories. Previously he … Continue reading

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What Do Children Think of The News Media?

By Lillian Williams Ever wonder what today’s kids think of the news media–how the news makes them feel, or even whether they trust the news? A new report commissioned by Common Sense Media finds that kids today—like some adults—have mixed … Continue reading

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Carter G. Woodson: Founder of Black History Month

By Lillian Williams Black History Month is the annual February celebration of the achievements of African Americans in U.S. life and culture, though sadly it appears President Trump is rather confused about it. Read about that here. Just to set … Continue reading

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Key Success Factors For College Students

by Lillian Williams   Dr. Shaun Harper of the University of Pennsylvania, one of the nation’s leading educational researchers, created the “anti-deficit achievement framework” to study college persistence issues among students of color in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). … Continue reading

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University of Michigan Launches Diversity Plan

By Lillian Williams The University of Michigan recently unveiled a $85 million five-year plan to make its campus more diverse, equitable and inclusive. The plan comes after a year-long, grassroots planning process, and two key studies of the campus environment … Continue reading

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Stunning Images at National Museum of African American History and Culture

By Lillian Williams As widely reported, President Obama dedicated the new National Museum of African American History and Culture on Sept. 25 with poet Langston Hughes’ words:”I, too, am America.” The president spoke before some 7,000 persons gathered on the National Mall, exhorting: “African … Continue reading

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Covering the Gap: Learning from experts in the fields of economics, political science and urban policy.

In Ferguson, Missouri, a gathering of concerned citizens and business owners on the main business strip in August, 2016. By Lillian Williams Why is an October “Covering the Gap: The Impact of Economic Inequality” workshop, sponsored by the McCormick Foundation, … Continue reading

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