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Oct 24th


Fostering Adoptions Act will improve life for thousands of youths

May is National Foster Care Month and this year is a good time to reflect on the progress we can make in improving the lives of children and youths in foster care by implementing the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act (Fostering Connections Act). This important new federal law, approved last fall with broad bipartisan support, will help hundreds of thousands of children and youths who have been abused and neglected. It’s now up to all of us to see that states implement it so that it truly benefits young people across the country.

Black families getting stronger

For decades there has been much discussion about the disintegration of the black family and of the negative effects single parent households tend to have on our children and our communities.  It is no coincidence that many young gang members come from families where there is no real father figure or that teen mothers often had poor, if any, relationships with their own fathers.  These young people would follow in their parent’s footsteps, creating a vicious cycle where active black fathers were the exception and not the rule.

Go east young man

Go east young manJust a whisper after his first 100 days in office, President Obama has decided to visit the biggest and most important Arab Muslim country, Egypt. On June 4th, the American president will deliver a speech from Cairo to the so-called Muslim World. (Every time you hear “the Muslim world,” you should seek shelter.)

Civil Rights in the 21st century requires keeping our eyes on the prize

Last week I had the honor of participating in a panel discussion on Civil Rights in the Age of Obama sponsored by the Milken Institute.  Appearing with me on the panel were Ben Jealous, current President of the NAACP; Wade Henderson, President of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights and Myrlie Evers-Williams, Civil Rights Icon and former President of the NAACP.  The panel was moderated by Dr. Beverly Tatum, President of Spelman College.  I was, as my father used to say, “Steppin’ in some pretty high cotton.”

On President Obama's 100th day, democracy hangs in the balance

On the 100th day of President Barack Obama’s administration, the Supreme Court heard arguments brought by conservative lawyers to try to derail the voting rights act.

African Americans mustn’t turn a blind eye to sexual assault on women

Last week, the Bennett College for women community came together to provide information on sexual assault awareness. We were aligned with many who recognize the month of April as sexual assault awareness month.  Indeed, President Barack Obama issued a proclamation on April 8 marking the month and making important comments on issues that are raised when we look at sexual assault.

Fifty-five years later: American education separate and unequal

In the case of Brown vs. the Board of Education on May 17 1954, the Supreme Court decided that the Constitution of the United States must guarantee equal education for all American citizens.
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