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A St. Louis man was convicted in May 2000 of robbing a Burger King and was told that he would receive instructions on when and where to report to prison. He waited. The instructions never came.
Oprah Winfrey called her stepmother on her birthday and told her that she had a few days to get out of the house she shared with Oprah's father for over a dozen years.
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Some of America’s leading public intellectuals, scholars and activists gathered at Tufts University April 16-18 for the fifth annual Barack Obama and American Democracy conference.
Michael Eric Dyson’s exhilarating opening keynote offered a rich intellectual and political framework for principled criticism of the Obama administration’s political and moral failures with a balanced appreciation of the president’s special relationship with the black community.
The next two days featured an assortment of panels that critically analyzed the pursuit of radical democracy in the age of Obama and current racial, economic and health disparities, as well as evening keynotes by Massachusetts Institute of Technology computer science professor Fox Harrell on race and digital media, and by Boston University sociologist Ruha Benjamin on race, crime and punishment in the 21st century.
Three broad, interrelated themes stood out throughout the proceedings:
Political change begins in your own backyard. Boston NAACP President Michael Curry and Barbara Dougan, the Massachusetts project director of Families Against Maximum Minimums, each spoke passionately about their local efforts to transform the criminal-justice system at the neighborhood level. Curry has helped revitalize the city’s once moribund NAACP chapter by focusing creative, innovative education and outreach efforts on troubled communities in Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan in order to offer new avenues of opportunity and citizenship for poor black and Latino youths.