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Princeton conference celebrates Langston Hughes, poet and ‘champion of black America’

During a conference Nov. 10-11 at Princeton University, scholars, students, poets and fans from across the country celebrated the life and legacy of Langston Hughes to mark the 50th anniversary of his death. The conference, which drew around 250 registered attendees, was hosted by the Department of African American Studies, with additional support from departments and programs across campus.

Dr. Elizabeth Alexander to Deliver Keynote Address at ‘Remembering Langston Hughes’ Conference

‘Remembering Langston Hughes: His Art, Life, and Legacy Fifty Years Later’ is a local and national forum on Langston Hughes. Since his death in May 1967, his art, particularly his poetry, has been invoked to articulate both some of the nation’s loftiest hopes and its deepest fears. The forum takes place over two days, November 10th and 11th, at Princeton University. The conference is free and open to the public, but registration is requested.

Professor Ruha Benjamin Receives 2017 President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching

A committee of faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, and academic administrators selected the winners from nominations by students, faculty colleagues and alumni. The awards were established in 1991 through a gift by Princeton alumni Lloyd Cotsen of the Class of 1950 and John Sherrerd of the Class of 1952 to recognize excellence in undergraduate teaching by Princeton faculty members. Each winner receives a cash prize of $5,000, and their departments each receive $3,000 for the purchase of new books.


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How race measures up in the United States today, in black and white

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
May 2016
African American Unemployment Rate is at or Below its Pre-Recession Level
Indiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas
Hispanic Unemployment Rate is at or Below its Pre-Recession Level
California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, New York, and North Carolina
White Unemployment Rate is at or Below its Pre-Recession Level
in 24 states
Source: The Pew Charitable Trusts
African American Household Earning Between $25,000 and $50,000
Emergency savings of $400
Hispanic Household Earning Between $25,000 and $50,000
Emergency savings of $700
White Household Earning Between $25,000 and $50,000
Emergency savings of $2100
Source: United States Census Bureau
States with Greatest African American Poverty Rate
Iowa, Maine, Mississippi, and Wisconsin
States with Greatest Hispanic Poverty Rate
Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, North Carolina, and Rhode Island
States with Greatest White Poverty Rate
Arizona, Arkansas, Kentucky, New Mexico, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia

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