SPACExRACE

An exploration of the physical frontiers that define race in America


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Acknowledging the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington

WEB Du Bois

Portrait of WEB Du Bois
(Photo Credit: National Portrait Gallery via PD-Art)

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom of 1963, the event that spurred Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech. It is widely considered to be one of the largest human rights demonstrations in U.S. history, and is seen as an important precursor to the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The anniversary will be┬ácommemorated in many ways over the course of the year, and much of the remembrance will dwell on Dr. King’s poignant speech at the event (and rightfully so). In a recent op-ed for Al Jazeera, however, UC Berkeley Ethnic Studies Professor Keith Feldman used the lens of the March on Washington’s anniversary to examine the legacy of another legend of the civil rights movement: WEB Du Bois. Continue reading


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Animated lectures, the educational achievement gap, and Dr. JuanCarlos Arauz

Three quick thoughts about the above video:

1. How awesome is it that these types of videos exist? Animated lecture videos are a perfect example of how we can turn traditional learning paradigms on their head – fitting given the topic of this video. But seriously, put me in a lecture hall and ask me to listen to a talk on educational achievement? I’m probably either passed out or watching ESPN on my laptop within 2-3 minutes. Give me an animated video to accompany said talk on educational achievement? You have my absolute full attention, and have increased my ability to retain information from the lecture. Continue reading