The 50th anniversary of Lyndon Johnson’s declaration of a War on Poverty brought long overdue attention to his commitment.
The tea party effort to torpedo health care reform at the federal level has been repelled, but only after the campaign shut down the government, threatened default on the U.S. debt and cost the country billions.
This weekend, we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, best known for Dr. Martin Luther King’s I have a Dream.
What is the plan for our nation’s cities? Are they simply to simmer with a growing divide between the affluent financial district and the impoverished slums? Will another generation be lost while we wait for the inevitable explosions? The gulf between the realities of our cities and the foolishness of our politics has seldom been wider.
In its decision June 24, on affirmative action, the Supreme Court punted. It reviewed the University of Texas’ affirmative action program – in which race is admittedly “a factor of a factor of a factor” in admission, one of many factors used with a university committed to the educational benefits of a diverse student body – and said the lower court had to give it even stricter scrutiny. Or, in essence, take another, harsher look and come back next year.
Rainbow PUSH Coalition
Morehouse College, one of the most distinguished Historically Black Colleges with graduates like Dr. Martin Luther King, former Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson, film director Spike Lee and others literally shut down for spring break last week. As its 2,000 students took their break, every member of the faculty and staff was furloughed without pay as the college struggles to balance its books.