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A mural dedicated to Du Bois and the Old Seventh Ward is painted on the corner of 6th and South streets in Philadelphia. Paul Marotta/Getty Images

W.E.B. Du Bois’ study ‘The Philadelphia Negro’ at 125 still explains roots of the urban Black experience – sociologist Elijah Anderson tells why it should be on more reading lists

Over a century ago, white Philadelphia elites believed the city was going to the dogs – and they blamed poor Black inner-city residents instead of the racism that kept this group disenfranchised.
A 2010 protest in Phoenix by faith groups against Arizona’s new immigration law. AP Photo/Matt York, File

Anti-immigrant pastors may be drawing attention – but faith leaders, including some evangelicals, are central to the movement to protect migrant rights

Religious beliefs can provide motivation, hope and endurance in the long and often discouraging task of mobilizing people for social change.
The Fordson High School girls basketball team in Dearborn includes many players who wear the traditional hijab for modesty. Carlos Osorio/AP

A brief history of Dearborn, Michigan – the first Arab-American majority city in the US

The city often becomes a magnet for anti-Arab sentiment during election years and global conflicts; however, the more interesting story is what happens in the city when the spotlight is turned off.
One of two digitally drawn murals that are part of the installation and exhibit ‘who claims abstraction?’ by Toronto-based Guatemalan artist Francisco-Fernando Granados. (Rachel Topham Photography)

How art can challenge election-time rhetoric about immigrants

2024 is expected to be a year of elections around the world, and as often happens, anti-immigrant rhetoric is on the rise. Art can play a critical role in challenging that rhetoric.

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