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Senate Confirms Carla Hayden as 14th Librarian of Congress

Categories: African Americans,Headlines,Libraries/Museums,Women

http://www.loc.gov/today/pr/2016/16-110.html

Press release on the confirmation of Hayden as Librarian of Congress for a renewable 10 year term.  Previously the post was a lifetime appointment.  She is the first woman and the first African American to serve as the library head.  (Roll call vote on the nomination of Hayden, 74-18-8)  From the Library of Congress

 

The State of Racial Diversity in the Educator Workforce

Categories: African Americans,Education,Education-Higher,Headlines,Hispanics,Statistics

http://www2.ed.gov/rschstat/eval/highered/racial-diversity/state-racial-diversity-workforce.pdf

Reviews trends in the diversity of elementary and secondary school teachers and examines the teacher pipeline from enrollment in postsecondary education to entrance into the teaching profession and beyond.  Finds a lack of racial diversity among teachers (18% are teachers of color compared to 49% of students who are individuals of color).  From the U.S. Department of Education

 

Reduced Disparities in Birth Rates Among Teens Aged 15-19 Years, United States, 2006-2007 and 2013-2014

Categories: African Americans,Births/Deaths,Headlines,Health/Medical,Hispanics,Statistics

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/pdfs/mm6516a1.pdf

Reports that births among Hispanic and black teens have dropped by almost half since 2006 and that teen age births in general have dropped by more than 40%.  Includes birth rates to teen age mothers by race/ethnicity and state and shows percentage change from 2006.  From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

Treasury Secretary Lew Announces Front of New $20 to Feature Harriet Tubman

Categories: African Americans,Civil/Human Rights,Govt Finance,Headlines,Women

https://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/jl0436.aspx

Announces plans for changes to the $20, $10, and $5 bills with the portrait of Harriet Tubman to be featured on the new $20 bill and other features dedicated to civil rights and suffrage movements on the reverse of the $10 and $5 bills.  Includes complete text of letter following press release.  From the Treasury Department

 

 

Consent Decree: United States of America v . City of Ferguson

Categories: African Americans,Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

https://www.justice.gov/opa/file/833431/download

Lengthy court document which spells out the details of reforms to be undertaken by the City of Ferguson, Missouri in resolving the lawsuit brought by the U.S. government against the city to ensure the protection of constitutional and other legal rights of all members of the community. From the Justice Department

 

Justice Department and City of Ferguson, Missouri, Resolve Lawsuit with Agreement to Reform Ferguson Police Department and Municipal Court to Ensure Constitutional Policing

Categories: African Americans,Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-and-city-ferguson-missouri-resolve-lawsuit-agreement-reform-ferguson

Describes terms of agreement between the U.S. Justice Department and the city of Ferguson, Missouri resolving the federal lawsuit against the city. Describes the areas of reform agreed to by the city including community policing and engagement, bias-free police and court practices, and creating a Civilian Review Board for oversight. From the Justice Department

 

Rosa Parks Collection is Now Online

Categories: African Americans,Civil/Human Rights,Libraries/Museums,Women

http://www.loc.gov/today/pr/2016/16-042.html

Agency press release about the online availability of a collection of more than 7,000 manuscripts and 2,500 photographs relating to the life of Rosa Parks, credited with launching the modern civil rights movement by refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus in 1955. From the Library of Congress

 

Number of Minority- and Women-Owned Firms Each Increase by More than 2 Million Nationally

Categories: African Americans,Asian Americans,Business/Economics,Hispanics,Native Americans,Statistics,Women

http://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2015/cb15-209.html

Los Angeles County led the nation in the number of Hispanic-, Asian-, and American Indian and Alaska Native-owned firms in 2012 and ranked second in the number of African American-owned firms. Shows an overall rise of minority-owned firms from 5.8 million in 2007 to 8.0 million in 2012. From the Census Bureau

 

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