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

Jan 10, 2011

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?

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