An open letter to Starbucks customers from Howard Schultz

Thank you Mr. Schultz. Hopefully others will follow in your footsteps for equality. This afternoon Starbucks will close more than 8,000 stores and begin a new chapter in our history. In 1983 I took my first trip to Italy. As I walked the streets of Milan, I saw cafés and espresso bars on every street….

Regulatory Barriers and Affordable Housing

On June 21, HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research will host a lively exchange on the relationship between affordable housing and regulatory barriers. A panel of researchers and practitioners will discuss the land use zoning and regulations, permitting processes, and “not in my backyard” (NIMBY) opposition that research points to as primary causes of…

Suicide rates for black children twice that of white children, new data show

This is another reason that the City Budget and revitalizing Departments that were in the City Administration years ago should not go unrealized. African American children are taking their lives at roughly twice the rate of their white counterparts, according to a new study that shows a widening gap between the two groups. The 2001-2015 data,…

Rare Photos of Harriet Tubman in Online Album

After months of careful conservation and meticulous research, a photo album originally belonging to Quaker abolitionist Emily Howland that features rare portraits of a young Harriet Tubman is now online. The joint purchase between the Library of Congress and the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) features images of Tubman in her…

Black Mayors Name New President

During the African American Mayors Association’s (AAMA) Annual Conference last week, Mayor Oliver Gilbert of Miami Gardens, FL was officially sworn in as the new President of the Association. Mayor Gilbert takes over the reigns of the organization from outgoing president, Mayor Toni Harp of New Haven, CT. The Florida A&M University graduate, who went…