Nearly 62 percent of all African American undergraduates received a Pell Grant in the 2011-12 academic year. For Whites, 33.5 percent of undergraduates that year were Pell Grant recipients. The average grant to Black students was $3,400.
Research & Studies
The data showed that communities with a higher level of anti-Black prejudice had a death rate for people of all races that averaged 24 percent higher than in communities with low levels of racial prejudice.
In 2014, there were 4,090,000 African Americans under the age of 18 in the United States who were living in poverty. The percentage of Black children in poverty rose from 33.7 percent in 2013 to 37.1 percent in 2014.
A new study led by Micere Keels, an associate professor of comparative human development at the University of Chicago, finds that many Black and other minority college students suffer from anxiety over worrying about being able to pay their bills in order to stay enrolled in higher education.
From 1987 to 2012, the percentage of minority teachers in the nation’s public schools has increased from 12 percent to 17 percent. However, it must be noted that minority students now account for about half of all public school students.
A new study led by John Rickford, the J.E. Wallace Sterling Professor in the Humanities and a professor of linguistics at Stanford University, examines the use of African American vernacular English (AAVE) by young Blacks depending on the economics characteristics of their neighborhoods.
A new study, authored by researchers at the University of Kansas and the University of Missouri, finds that both Black and White students at public schools with a higher percentage of Black teachers have the impression that discipline is more fair than at schools with a low number of Black faculty.
A new study led by researchers at Northwestern University, finds that stress brought on due to continued exposure to racial animosity and discrimination negatively impacts hormonal levels in Black teenagers which can lead to a lifetime of health problems.
Participants were surveyed to determine their level of racial bias and then shown photographs of multiracial individuals. Those who were found to have higher degrees of racial bias were the most likely to perceive the multiracial individuals as Black.
Sociologists at the University of Connecticut and Brigham Young University examined records of more than 13 million home mortgages between 2008 and 2013. They found that veterans of all races were significantly more likely to live in racially integrated neighborhoods.
A new study by scholars at the University of Georgia finds that many African American forest landowners do not take advantage of the federal assistance programs available to them. Legal and financial issues and distrust of the government limit participation.
Ryan Gabriel, a doctoral student in sociology at the University of Washington, has found that mixed-race couples with one Black partner live in neighborhoods with an average poverty level of 21 percent, compared with average rates of just 9 percent for White couples.
A new report from the American Council on Education documents admissions practices of colleges and universities in the current legal climate resulting from the most recent Supreme Court rulings on race-sensitive admissions practices.
A new study by researchers at University of Pennsylvania found that in one recent academic year, 1.2 million Black students nationwide were suspended from public K-12 schools. Some 55 percent of those suspensions occurred in 13 southern states.
The authors of the study examined thousands of photographic images in six popular American magazines. They found that 79 percent of all images of Asians were those of women. Nearly 60 percent of the photos of African Americans were men.
The data, analyzed by researchers at the University of Kansas, showed that even after accounting for the effects of race and other demographic and education variables, darker skin lessened the likelihood that immigrant men would find jobs.
According to a new study by researchers at three leading universities, explanations for inequality among members of multiracial church congregations become more similar across groups, coming to resemble the views of the Whites.
Research conducted at Ohio State University finds that employees who have a more diverse group of friends outside of work tended to have a more racially diverse network of associates at work and perform better at their jobs.
A new study from the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at the University of Connecticut finds that Black youth saw almost twice as many TV ads for candy, soda and other sugary drinks, and snacks than their White peers.
From 1992 to 2013, the median net worth of African American college graduates is down by 55.6 percent. Over the same period, the median net worth of White Americans with a college degree rose by more than 86 percent.
Only 17 percent of the films had a lead actor from an underrepresented minority group. In 2014, 17 of the top-grossing films did not feature one Black or African American speaking character. Less than 5 percent of the directors were Black.
A new study by researchers in the School of Health Professions at the University of Alabama Birmingham documents a major disparity in play places for children depending on the average incomes of families in the surrounding area.
A new study by Ebony O. McGee of the College of Education at Vanderbilt University, and Lasana Kazembe of the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, examines the experiences of Black faculty members who give presentations at academic conferences.
The research team examined U.S. Census data in 1990 and 2010. They found while urban neighborhoods have become less segregated, an increased level of racial segregation has occurred in suburban communities and that many suburbs are becoming racially homogenous.
Near buildings where new windows and doors were installed, crime rates were down compared to neighborhoods were buildings were not renovated. Gun violence was down by 39 percent.
In 1978, 1,410 Black males applied to U.S. medical schools. In 2014, the figure was 1,337. In 2014, women were 62.2 percent of all African Americans who applied to medical school. In every other major racial or ethnic group, men were a majority of all applicants.
A new report from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission documents the progress of African Americans over the past half century in several occupational categories. Yet, in 2014 African Americans still filed 25,482 complaints of racial discrimination with the EEOC.
This is of particular importance to African Americans because the median income of Black families in the United States is only 60 percent of the median income of non-Hispanic Whites and Black families are three times as likely to be in poverty as non-Hispanic White families.
African Americans made up 10.4 percent of all individuals who were given degrees or certificates from four-year institutions in the 2013-14 academic year. Another 173,000 African Americans earned credentials from two-year colleges.
For classroom disruptions, White kids tend to get viewed as having ADHD, or having some sort of behavioral problem, while Black kids are viewed as being unruly and unwilling to learn.
Mid-term congressional elections are critically important in regards to African American higher education because Congress decides on federal support for historically Black colleges and universities and sets thresholds for Pell Grant awards and other federal financial aid.
There were 3,954,120 Black or African American students who were enrolled in higher education during the 2013-14 academic year. They made up 14.2 percent of all enrollments. Black enrollments were down 3.1 percent from the previous year.
A new study led by Sylvia Perry, an assistant professor of psychological science at the University of Vermont, finds that Whites who are aware of their biases are better equipped to deal with society’s racial challenges than Whites who believe they are racially colorblind.
New data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that large numbers of Black students are still subjected to hate speech and hate-related graffiti at schools. But a far lower percentage of Black students were exposed in 2013 than was in the case in 2005.
Angel L. Harris, a professor of sociology and African and African American studies at Duke University, is launching a new effort called Research on the Education and Development of Youth (REDY). His goal is to provide teachers with the tools to teach students who have different learning styles.
Since sleep difficulties can lead to a higher risk for cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, and other health complications, the racial differences in sleep disorders may be a significant factor in the overall racial health disparity in the United States.