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The Madison Metropolitan School District has been touting an increase in high school graduation rates for minority students. But are these students graduating with basic academic skills? more

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Jenny Peek

Sherman Middle School ended last year in turmoil, with the resignation of its principal and accusations of racism. An interim principal is trying to heal the wounds, but mistrust and skepticism remain. more

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Middleton-Cross Plains elementary teachers asked to reexamine using Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books after the popular “Little House on the Prairie” author’s name is removed from a major children’s book award. more

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The Ku Klux Klan had a presence at UW-Madison in the 1920s, and the university is in the midst of reckoning with its racist history — both the lingering climate of intolerance and the physical spaces named for KKK members. more

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U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan says he never thought his opinion of President Donald Trump could be any lower. Then he toured the detention centers where immigrant children have been taken away from their parents and held in cages. more

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Heather Huber

Once dormant, the Madison chapter of the National Organization for Women has seen a huge revival thanks to activism spurred by the election of President Donald Trump. This time, the movement will be intersectional. more

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David Michael Miller

Black-owned businesses are growing, but still lag behind their white counterparts. Several organizations in Madison are trying to help them make connections, get attention and raise money. more

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Robyn Vining

Madison hosted one of the largest rallies last year to coincide with the national Women’s March, but not this year. Organizers instead held rallies in other cities to highlight the struggles and successes of people of color and elevate youth. more

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James Heimer

Research has shown that students of color do much better when some of their teachers look like them. But only 13 percent of Madison’s teachers are of color, while 57 percent of its students are. What is the district doing to improve the ratio? more

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Long before a visit from President Trump, Lumumba wanted Jackson, a city in deep-red Mississippi with a long history of racism and white supremacy, to be the “most radical city” in the world. more

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As Dane County Board prepares vote on a $76 million jail proposal, staff writer Dylan Brogan provides a point-by-point analysis of the project’s most contentious details. more

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Mayor Paul Soglin says a racist organization, decades ago, installed a “slab of propaganda” at the Confederate gravesite in the city’s Forest Hill Cemetery. more

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David Michael Miller

The proposed bill provides that protests and demonstrations “that interfere with the rights of others to engage in or listen to expressive activity shall not be permitted and shall be subject to sanction.” more

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Vanessa McDowell, the first woman of color to lead the Madison YWCA, wants the organization to be more forceful in fighting racism and poverty. “My vision is that we get rid of that tale of two cities.” more

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David Michael Miller

It’s tough for local rappers to book shows in the Madison market. A new city task force is charged with looking at problems — and coming up with solutions. more

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From taking time for self care to transforming your side hustle into a full-time job, African American community leaders offer tips for success more

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Carolyn Fath

Today Not Tomorrow recently moved into the East Madison Community Center, the first time it has ever had its own brick-and-mortar headquarters. The new location will help the organization “improve and build” on the work it’s already doing. more

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Sean Kennedy

Paul Kusuda spent a little more than a year in a Japanese internment camp. He was 19 at the time. Now 94, he reflects on his experience and the implications of the government’s policy on current threats to civil liberties. more

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Sharon Vanorny

Dave Cieslewicz wrote in a March 7 Citizen Dave post that Democrats must embrace working class men in order to win elections. His argument implies that Dems are already embracing voters of color. They are not. more

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David Michael Miller

Free speech defenders and social justice activists are clashing on college campuses across the country, including at UW-Madison. more

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