The Covenant with Black America - Ten Years Later

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Hay House, Inc, Jan 5, 2016 - Social Science - 296 pages
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In 2006, Tavis Smiley—along with a team of esteemed contributors—laid out a national plan of action to address the ten most crucial issues facing African Americans.The Covenant, which became a #1 New York Times bestseller, ran the gamut from health care to criminal justice, affordable housing to education, voting rights to racial divides. But a decade later, Black men still fall to police bullets and brutality, Black women still die from preventable diseases, Black children still struggle to get a high quality education, the digital divide and environmental inequality persist, and American cities from Ferguson to Baltimore burn with frustration. In short, the last decade has seen the evaporation of Black wealth, with Black fel­low citizens having lost ground in nearly every leading economic category.

And so in these pages Smiley calls for a renewal of The Covenant, presenting the original action plan alongside new data from the Indiana University School of Public & Environmental Affairs (SPEA) to underscore missed opportunities and the work that remains to be done. While life for far too many African Americans remains a struggle, the great freedom fighter Frederick Douglass was right: "If there is no struggle, there is no progress."

Now is the time to finally convert the trials and tribulations of Black America into the progress that all of America yearns for.
 

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Covenant propounds ten issues critical to the African American community with an introduction to each issue by an expert in the area followed by detailed facts to support it, point-by-point ... Read full review

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Charmaney bayton story is of her nephews. The mother that died was her sister. No mother Teresa hero story to me. Sugar coated lie.

Contents

Tavis Smiley
Securing the Right to Health Care and WellBeing
Establishing a System of Public Education
Fostering Accountable CommunityCentered Policing
Ensuring Broad Access to Affordable
Strengthening Our Rural Roots
by Michael McGuire Ph D
Assuring Environmental Justice for
Closing the Racial Digital Divide
Cornel West
Claiming Our Democracy
Acknowledgments
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Tavis Smiley is currently the host of the late-night television talk show Tavis Smiley on PBS, as well as The Tavis Smiley Show from Public Radio International (PRI). He is also the founder of the nonprofit Tavis Smiley Foundation, which has undertaken a $3-million, four-year campaign called "ENDING POVERTY: America’s Silent Spaces" in order to alleviate endemic poverty in America. TIME magazine named Smiley to its list of "The World’s 100 Most Influential People."

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