For the past several five years practically every special interest category has pressured President Obama to use his bully pulpit to address their specific needs. We’ve seen the results with his specifically speaking to Immigration Reform, GLBT Rights, Gun Lobbyists and even insurance companies, automakers and banks deemed “too big to fail”.
Some Blacks have questioned why there has been no “Black Agenda” when the President has enjoyed a support rate of 90% and above from African Americans. In September 2011, we published an open letter to President Obama, written by Dr. Claud Anderson, president of The Harvest Institute and author of several books including PowerNomics:The National Plan to Empower Black America, with recommendations for creating jobs.
This week, February 19, 2014, for the first time since President Obama took office, a group of African American civil rights leaders presented him with a formal agenda. The document called 1963-2013: 21st Century Agenda for Jobs and Freedom, has been two years in the making. The first meeting on the report, was led by National Urban League (NUL) President Marc Morial and took place on December 3, 2012.
More than 60 civil rights activists, academics and elected officials contributed to creating the document. It lists 90, “Legislative Policy Priorities and Recommendations“. Oh sure, we believe President Obama can get those 90 items implemented within the next three years. Just look at the amazing track record of bipartisanship and getting his policies enacted during the previous five. You’ll also notice that the already dated document shows Benjamin Jealous as President/CEO of the NAACP. He resigned last year, so why wouldn’t it be current?
But let’s not throw the baby out with the bathwater. In our opinion, the best thing for those who are interested to do is to dissect and use any of the contents to implement and support your own work and leadership efforts.
It’s past time for effective and specific action in terms of the Black Agenda. Watch Dr. Anderson explain what a real Black Agenda is about in this video.
To read more about the introduction of the report visit Politic365