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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Mapping Inequality: Redlining in New Deal America

Categories: African Americans,History,Housing/Homelessness,Urban Issues,Virginia Issues

http://mappinginequality.us/

Interactive mapping scene which allows user to select an American city and view maps deriving from the Home Owners’ Loan Corporation, a Depression era federal government program which provided information to financial institutions about investment risks and served to ghettoize African Americans and other minorities.  A joint project of librarians at the University of Maryland, University of Richmond, and Virginia Tech.

 

Measuring the Representation of Women and Minorities in the SBIC Program

Categories: African Americans,Business/Economics,Hispanics,Women

https://www.sba.gov/sites/default/files/SBIC-Diversity-Report.pdf

Examines how the racial and gender identity of Small Business Investment Companies’ boards is related to investment decisions they make, especially as to the race and gender of the owners of companies they invest in.  Includes research results on racial and gender diversity in the finance community and measures of diversity in the SBIC Program.  From the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress, sponsored by the Small Business Administration.

 

Standards for Maintaining, Collecting, and Presenting Federal Data on Race and Ethnicity

Categories: African Americans,Arab,Hispanics,Statistics

https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/granule/FR-2016-09-30/2016-23672

Invites comments on an agency review and possible revision of federal standards f or collecting and presenting data on race and ethnicity, which were last revised in 1997.  Under consideration: the use of separate questions measuring race and ethnicity, the classification of a Middle Eastern and North African category, and the terminology used for race and ethnicity classifications.  Summary with link to full text at bottom.  From the Federal Register and GPO’s FDsys.  Posted by the Office of Management and Budget.

 

Status and Trends in the Education of Racial and Ethnic Groups 2016

Categories: African Americans,Asian Americans,Education,Education-Higher,Hispanics,Native Americans,Statistics

http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2016/2016007.pdf

Presents a selection of indicators that examine differences in educational participation and attainment of students in the racial/ethnic groups of White, Black, Asian, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, American Indian/Alaska Native, and two or more races.  From the National Center for Education Statistics

 

Investigation of the Baltimore City Police Department

Categories: African Americans,Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Headlines,Urban Issues

https://www.justice.gov/opa/file/883366/download

Text of the report of the U.S. Justice Department on the conduct of the Baltimore Police Department toward African Americans in the city.  The report found that the PD engaged in unconstitutional stops, searches, and arrests, overly aggressive and unreasonable force, and discrimination against African Americans.  From the Justice Department

 

Justice Department Announces Findings of Investigation into Baltimore Police Department

Categories: African Americans,Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Headlines,Urban Issues

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-announces-findings-investigation-baltimore-police-department

Press release announcing that the Justice Department investigation found a pattern of conduct by the Baltimore Police Department that violated the civil rights, particularly of African Americans, Baltimore Police officials asked for the investigation following controversy after the death of Freddie Gray from injuries suffered while in police custody.  From the Justice Department

 

North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP et al v. Patrick L. McCrory et al.

http://www.ca4.uscourts.gov/Opinions/Published/161468.P.pdf

Court ruling that North Carolina’s legislation requiring voter photo IDs and curtailing certain election practices such as same-day registration and early voting discriminates against minority citizens.  Argues that the legislation, crafted after the Supreme Court’s Shelby decision, restricts voting and registration in five ways which “disproportionately affected African Americans.”  One of a series of recent court decisions overturning restrictive election laws.  From the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

 

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

 

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