The State of Black America 2009: Message to the President

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At the dawn of Barack Obama’s historic presidency, The State of Black America 2009 examines the critical challenges —such as unemployment, home foreclosures, education and health care reform — his new administration must address.  In this volume, the National Urban League presents the voices of  leading scholars, analysts and practitioners, as well as ordinary citizens asking their government to respond to their concerns – and offers its specific recommendations for effectively tackling these issues. ...
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Overview

At the dawn of Barack Obama’s historic presidency, The State of Black America 2009 examines the critical challenges —such as unemployment, home foreclosures, education and health care reform — his new administration must address.  In this volume, the National Urban League presents the voices of  leading scholars, analysts and practitioners, as well as ordinary citizens asking their government to respond to their concerns – and offers its specific recommendations for effectively tackling these issues. The State of Black America 2009: Message to the President is an invaluable guide, not only for the new President, but for anyone seeking solutions that will empower every American to Thrive, Earn, Own and Prosper.
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We welcome the new vision the Obama administration brings to Washington and to America.  But this vision can only become a reality if we make it so.  The State of Black America 2009: Message to the President, is an essential part of the National Urban League’s effort to bring about this vision by working with the new Administration to tackle the nation’s deepening domestic challenges.  I hope that it encourages and inspires each of you to join us in working to help President Obama fulfill the promise he made to us last summer “to build a nation worthy of our children’s future.”

 ---Marc H. Morial, President and CEO, National Urban League

I hope that The State of Black America 2009: Message to the President will find its way to the desks of decision makers from the White House to both Houses of Congress to every state house and to local governments throughout the nation.  I also hope that it will lead to a national dialogue that spawns an agenda with support from the private sector and its civic counterpart. With this hope we can hasten the realization of my father’s dream so that the narratives of all Americans can be one.

                ---From the Foreword by Martin Luther King, III

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780914758020
  • Publisher: National Urban League, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/25/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 290
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephanie J. Jones has served as Executive Director of the National Urban League's Policy Institute since January 2005. The institute provides research, policy analysis and advocacy to enable African Americans to secure economic self-reliance, parity and power, and civil rights. Jones is Editor-in-Chief of the National Urban League's flagship publications, the State of Black America report and Opportunity Journal magazine. From 2002 until 2005, Jones served as Chief Counsel to Senator John Edwards. Prior to working for Senator Edwards, Jones was Chief of Staff to Representative Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-OH). From 1994 until 2000, she served in the Clinton Administration as Secretary's Regional Representative in the U.S. Department of Education, where she was the Administration's principal education representative in a six-state region.
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Table of Contents

Foreword

The American Narrative Martin Luther King, III 9

From the President's Desk Marc H. Morial 11

The National Urban League 2009 Equality Index

Introduction to the 2009 Equality Index Valerie Rawlston Wilson, Ph.D 15

2009 Equality Index Ana Orozco Robert Tomarelli of Global Insight, Inc. 25

Essays on The State of Black America

Education

Letter to the President - Isiah R. Hall, New York, New York 43

Essay 1 The Questions Before Us: Opportunity, Education and Equity Hal F. Smith, Ed.D 45

Essay 2 Needed: Equality in Education Congressman Chaka Fattah 57

Essay 3 From Miracle to Movement: Mandating a National Opportunity to Learn John H. Jackson, Ph.D 61

Health

Letter to the President - Erica Marie Williams, Cincinnati, Ohio 71

Essay 4 Improving African Americans' Access to Quality Healthcare Darrell J. Gaskin, Ph.D. 73

Essay 5 Health Is Where the Home Is: The Relationship Between Housing, Neighborhoods and Health Status Eboni Morris Lisa Bland Malone 87

Jobs

Letter to the President - Sam Gordon, III, Atlanta, Georgia 99

Essay 6 Infrastructure and Job Creation-A Priority for Urban America Senator Christopher J. Dodd 101

Essay 7 Why Reduce African-American Male Unemployment? William M. Rodgers, III, Ph.D. 109

Essay 8 Nothing Trickles Down: How Reaganomics Failed America William E. Spriggs, Ph.D. 123

Essay 9 The Coming Green Economy J. Phillip Thompson, Ph.D 135

Homeownership

Letter to the President - Malinda Dokes, Norfolk, Virginia 143

Essay 10 What Must Be Done? The Case for More Homeownership and Financial Education Counseling Cy Richardson 145

Essay 11 The Subprime Meltdown: Disarming the "Weapons of MassDeception" Stephanie J. Jones, J.D. 157

Essay 12 Wealth for Life Earl G. Graves, Jr. 165

Lessons from the President

The Fullness of Time for a More Perfect Union: The Movement Continues Gwendolyn Grant 171

Report from the National Urban League Policy Institute

Economic Stimulus and Job Creation in Urban Communities Valerie Rawlston Wilson, Ph.D. Bernard E. Anderson, Ph.D. 179

National Urban League Recommendations 187

Opportunity to Thrive

Opportunity to Earn

Opportunity to Own

Opportunity to Prosper

Commentary: Reflections on the Obama Presidency

The Congressional Black Caucus and President Barack Obama: Speaking with One Voice to Fill the Moral Gaps in Our World Congresswoman Barbara Lee 193

If Not For Me...Then for My Children David J. Johns 199

November 4, 2008: An Ode to Black America Michelle D. Bernard, J.D. 203

The Game Changer: Are We Beyond What is Next to What is Now? Cassye D. Cook, J.D. 209

Did I Ever? The Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones, LL.D. 213

Afterword

The Journey Continues Stephanie J. Jones 221

Appendices

Appendix I

In Memoriam 225

Appendix II

About the Authors 243

Appendix III

Index of Authors and Articles 249

Appendix IV

History of the National Urban League 273

Board of Trustees 280

National Urban League Staff 282

National Urban League Affiliates 284

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Foreword

I hope that The State of Black America 2009: Message to the President will find its way to the desks of decision makers from the White House to both Houses of Congress to every state house and to local governments throughout the nation. I also hope that it will lead to a national dialogue that spawns an agenda with support from the private sector and its civic counterpart. With this hope we can hasten the realization of my father's dream so that the narratives of all Americans can be one.

---From the Foreword by Martin Luther King, III
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