Wil Haygood researched the life of Adam Clayton Powell Jr. during his fellowship year. Four years later, Houghton Mifflin published his Powell biography, “King of the Cats: The Life and Times of Adam Clayton Powell Jr.” His other biographies of notable 20th century figures include: “Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination that Changed America,” “Black and White: The Life of Sammy Davis Jr.,” and “Sweet Thunder: The Life and Times of Sugar Ray Robinson.” In 2008, as a Washington Post reporter, he wrote “A Butler Well Served by This Election,” about a long-serving butler in the White House, now working for America’s first Black president. The article was the basis for the 2013 film, “The Butler” directed by Lee Daniels and starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey. In 2018, Haygood wrote about an exceptional sports season in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio. “Tigerland: 1968-69: A City Divided, a Nation Torn Apart, and a Magical Season of Healing” detailed the Tigers of segregated East High School’s improbable wins of both the state basketball and baseball championships. Wil is now a scholar in residence at his alma mater, Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
Betty Jo Dulaney has been running the Tunica County Literacy Center since 1985.

Gamblers’ Needs Focus a Town on its Reading Failures

TUNICA, MS. June, 1996 – A teacher stands before a blackboard in an otherwise barren room. Eleven faces stare back passively. Most are in their twenties, a few in their forties. They are newly hired cashiers at the Sheraton Casino. On Monday, they start work. They are gathered to bone up on decimals, since they will be dealing with dollars and cents. Sounded like a good idea, but after 30 minutes, the teacher has increasing doubts. She wants them to work problems containing decimals, but they are having trouble doing simple math. She bites into the silence that has enveloped the room. “Okay. What’s five times five?” No one says a word. The teacher turns to a woman who has come with her 21-year-old son. “Charlotte?” she asks. Charlotte

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Military Parade in Concepción, Chile. Photo byt APF Fellow Pamela Constable

Crime and Impunity in Chile: Perverting the Law of a Legalistic Land

Item: A teacher is kidnapped by the secret police, and his family files a petition for judicial protection, which is rejected after the government asserts the man is not in custody. Several months later, he is found in a prison camp, recovering from torture. The court requests an explanation, and the government replies that its original statement was the result of an “administrative error.” Satisfied, the court rejects the family’s petition again. Military Parade in Concepción, Chile. (Photo by APF Fellow Pamela Constable) Item: A prominent politician is ordered expelled from the country by government decree; he appeals the order on grounds that the decree is unconstitutional. While the appeal is pending, the military junta issues a new law saying that any previous decrees found to be incompatible with

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Betty Jo Dulaney has been running the Tunica County Literacy Center since 1985.

Gamblers’ Needs Focus a Town on its Reading Failures

TUNICA, MS. June, 1996 – A teacher stands before a blackboard in an otherwise barren room. Eleven faces stare back passively. Most are in their twenties, a few in their forties. They are newly hired cashiers at the Sheraton Casino. On Monday, they start work. They are gathered to bone up on decimals, since they will be dealing with dollars and cents. Sounded like a good idea, but after 30 minutes, the teacher has increasing doubts. She wants them to work problems containing decimals, but they are having trouble doing simple math. She bites into the silence that has enveloped the room. “Okay. What’s five times five?” No one says a word. The teacher turns to a woman who has come with her 21-year-old son. “Charlotte?” she asks. Charlotte

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Military Parade in Concepción, Chile. Photo byt APF Fellow Pamela Constable

Crime and Impunity in Chile: Perverting the Law of a Legalistic Land

Item: A teacher is kidnapped by the secret police, and his family files a petition for judicial protection, which is rejected after the government asserts the man is not in custody. Several months later, he is found in a prison camp, recovering from torture. The court requests an explanation, and the government replies that its original statement was the result of an “administrative error.” Satisfied, the court rejects the family’s petition again. Military Parade in Concepción, Chile. (Photo by APF Fellow Pamela Constable) Item: A prominent politician is ordered expelled from the country by government decree; he appeals the order on grounds that the decree is unconstitutional. While the appeal is pending, the military junta issues a new law saying that any previous decrees found to be incompatible with

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