12.17.2012

'The Black Agenda': Leaders meet in D.C. but whose agenda is being carried?

WASHINGTON (FinalCall.com) - Black leaders of nearly 60 organizations, representing the needs and concerns of millions of Blacks, came to the nation’s capital and met in a closed meeting to develop what many are calling a “Black Agenda.”

“The nation must commit to economic and educational parity for communities of color,” according to the written document distributed after their four-hour historic meeting of civil rights, social justice, business and community leaders.

“The plight of the African-American community underscores the urgency of our demand,” the leaders wrote. 

“The African-American community was disproportionately battered by the Great Recession, and has benefited the least from the fragile economic recovery. Unemployment remains unacceptably high; income inequality and the ever-widening wealth gap threaten to relegate the Black community to perpetual underclass status. And those who wish to curtail investment education and career preparation further dim the prospects for upward mobility for our young people.”

Convened by Marc H. Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League; Rev. Al Sharpton of National Action Network; Ben Jealous, head of the NAACP, and Melanie Campbell who leads the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, the group came up with five urgent priorities as a first step in developing a public policy agenda for Black America. [READ MORE]


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