WASHINGTON (NNPA) – More than 60 percent of African-American students could receive greater financial aid for college through the Pell grant program, if they were enrolled full-time, according to a new report by the National Urban League.
The report, which focused on the profile of a typical African-American student and the uphill battle they fight to get to college and earn a degree, found that 62 percent of African-American students receive funding for college through the Pell grant program, but many more would qualify if they didn't have to work supporting themselves, their families or young children.
Sixty-five percent of African-American students are independent, compared to 49 percent of white students.
Rachel Jeantel was struggling. She was on the witness stand as an unsuspecting key figure thrust into a national case involving her friend's death, race, racism, "Stand your ground" laws and more. She was the last person to talk to Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, 2012, before his deadly encounter with George Zimmerman.
Her testimony was key to a case that she wasn't prepared for. Her demeanor and mix of English, slang and Haitian Creole dialect made her hard to decipher. Add to that mix the relentless grilling from a defense attorney who saw fresh meat on the stand and went in for the kill.
The Internet was even worse.
Wells Fargo, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the National Urban League are partnering to host housing forums in nine select markets during National Homeownership Month in June.
The forums are designed to provide aspiring homeowners with information and resources to help navigate the path to homeownership successfully.
The NAACP and Wells Fargo will offer the forums in St. Paul, Minn.; Washington, D.C.; Ft. Lauderdale; and Las Vegas. The National Urban League and Wells Fargo will host forums in Phoenix, Chicago, Minneapolis and in the Hampton Roads, Va. area. Both organizations will join with Wells Fargo to offer a forum in Houston.
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