Academic journal article Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy

Editor's Remarks

Academic journal article Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy

Editor's Remarks

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Every year, the Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy is proud to share submissions on a wide range of issues affecting the African American community and the African diaspora. This year, our editorial board is proud to present remarkable commentaries and articles from subject matter experts who chronicle some of the issues most pressing to the diaspora. We are also pleased to highlight a portion of the November 2010 dialogue between former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and students from the Harvard University community. Our goal with this volume is to spark discussion among practitioners, policy makers, and academics on how to recognize issues that continuously impact Blacks and, most importantly, on how to bring about resolve.

We are proud to feature three articles that address policy areas of growing concern. Erica Taylor chronicles political cynicism and alienation that continues to adversely impact the Black vote while Julian Vasquez Heilig, Richard Reddick, Choquette Hamilton, and Laurel Dietz detail the educational obstacles Black men face in Texas. In addition, Krystle Norman gives insight into the struggle to promote the nuanced idea of racial democracy in Brazil. She gives a synopsis of the role Afro-Brazilians play in the country's democracy and also proposes viable policy recommendations to increase the political responsibility of Blacks in Brazil. …

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