Through family foundation, ex-McDonald’s CEO adds education as focus in helping entrepreneurs–Chicago Sun Times

On April 28, former McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson and wife Elizabeth will dole out $1 million to five organizations achieving the goals of diversity in teaching and economic mobility in the Black community in an online event headlined by such luminaries as hip-hop artist Common and basketball legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson.

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Former McDonald’s CEO seeks $100M to help Black educators

This Crain’s Chicago Business article features the CAFÉ’s newest initiative, The 1954 Project. Named for the year the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on the school segregation case Brown v. Board of Education, the 1954 Project’s goal is to raise $100 million through philanthropy to support Black educators and education leaders nationally over the next five years.

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Black Americans donate a higher share of their wealth than Whites

By: Michelle Singletary

This article titled, “Black Americans donate a higher share of their wealth than Whites,” outlines how Black Americans give a larger share of their wealth to charities than any other racial group in America. It also highlights a joint 2012 study from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, which found that communities of color are giving at an increasing rate. In fact, nearly two-thirds of Black households donate to community-based organizations and causes, to the tune of $11 billion each year, with Black households on average giving away 25 percent more of their income per year than Whites.

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Investing in the Genius of Black Educators

By: Melinda Wright

The 1954 Project aims to realize the unkept promise of Brown v. Board of Education

In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that racial segregation in public schools was unconstitutional. But the full promise of the Brown v. Board of Education decision was never realized. Not only does segregation continue in public schools, Black teachers, school leaders and students were left on the margins of the education system that developed in its wake. Even now, they remain marginalized.

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