Patt Morrison for January 10, 2011

Unemployment, education, health care, housing, justice: issues for African Americans, issues for all

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A participant holds up a poster of Martin Luther King, Jr. as marchers wait to leave Dunbar High School for the 'Reclaim the Dream' march to commemorate the 47th anniversary of King's March on Washington, in Washington, D.C. on Aug. 28, 2010.

Even as the economy is struggling back to its feet, what are the major concerns for African Americans in the current political and economic climate? With his Poor People’s Campaign, started in 1967, Dr. King targeted income and housing relief for all the poor, not just blacks below the poverty line. Where are we 44 years later? Unemployment among the poor is extremely high, high school drop-out rates soar, obtaining housing and good nutrition is a challenge in low-income areas, and equality of justice sometimes seems impossible. Should we just give up on King’s dream? Reverend Eric Lee, of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater LA, and Professor Eddie Glaude of Princeton say no. What say you?

Guests:

Rev. Eric Lee, President and CEO of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater LA

Eddie Glaude, Professor of Religion and African American History at Princeton University

Steven C. Pitts, labor specialist at the UC Berkeley Labor Center

Robin Hughes, past Board member of the Southern California Association of Non Profit Housing; President of Abode Communities, one of the top 50 developers of affordable housing in the nation

Winston Peters, Assistant Public Defender for LA County; Special Operations Bureau’s Juvenile Division, which includes the juvenile mental health and drug courts and adult drug courts/Prop 36 courts, re-entry programs, initiatives and grants.


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