Academic journal article Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy

Editor's Note

Academic journal article Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy

Editor's Note

Article excerpt

Coming back from a one-year hiatus, the Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy is proud to once again become a platform for discussion on policy issues that affect the African American community and, subsequently, America as a whole. This year's journal is a marked departure from previous editions, not necessarily in content but certainly in design. It is especially hard to justify continuing to print new editions of the journal with so many available high-tech devices.

With that in mind, we wanted to make this year's journal special by focusing on pushing the boundaries of print design and creating a beautiful product that our readers will be happy to own and share. Our hope is that the Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy continues to evolve and bring a new experience to our readers. Complementing our visual change, we have also opened our submission format to accommodate new voices that capture the evolution and interconnectedness of what were previously considered to be separate ways of thinking about African Americans and public policy.

Our editorial board is pleased to present a series of articles, commentaries, and interviews that provide important insight and opinion on current topics. Derecka Purnell offers an in-depth and robust analysis of the discrimination that ex-offenders face, highlighting their difficulties in multiple areas of citizen life. Jonathan Collins looks at what it would take to expand access to higher education and improve outcomes for urban schools. We have equally strong commentaries from several authors. Leonard Horne explores the possibility of passing gun control legislation while Darnell Moore delves into the remaining challenges that advocates face in ensuring marriage equality in New York State. …

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