4.13.2009

‘Best of times, worst of times'


Respected report calls for targeted focus on problems of Black America
By Askia Muhammad, FCN Senior Correspondent

WASHINGTON (FinalCall.com) - As the euphoria over the inauguration of the first Black President of the United States has begun to wear off, the National Urban League released its annual report on the overall Black condition March 25.

To achieve Black equality in White America “still needs work,” according to the report which declares these are the “Best of times and worst of times for Black America,” borrowing from the opening of the epic 1859 novel by Charles Dickens.

“They're the best of times because obviously, the election of an African American president at this point in history is a marvelous accomplishment, a significant achievement which could not have been foreshadowed even 24 months ago, and that's important,” Urban League President Marc Morial told reporters in a conference call.

“In addition to that, you have an unprecedented level of clout that African Americans have achieved in the Congress of the United States, with some 40-plus members of the CBC (Congressional Black Caucus); with African Americans holding four or is it five standing committees and some 16 subcommittee chairmanships; with James Clyburn serving as the number three person in the House; these are tools, these are accomplishments which are a product of the civil rights struggles of the 1960s and 1970s. So, these are the best of times, for those reasons.

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