Bronx Playwright Creates to Engage Her Community

(NEW YORK)–"For those of us who pick up the call, we need to take care of ourselves" says playwright Nina Mercer as she embarks on a journey to pick up a call her ancestors made many years ago. Tracing her mother’s lineage back to the middle passage, she founded Ocean Ana Rising in honor of a relative named Ocean Ana after her birth on the ocean during the transatlantic slave trade.

Schoolgirls Can Find Protection in Title IX

In this intro from “Hey, Shorty!” Joanne Smith recalls how the rape of an 8-year-old catalyzed the co-authors’ work to end violence against girls in public schools. The book offers a manual on applying Title IX, which prohibits gender discrimination in education.