Kansas City Leaders Solve Legacy Of Discrimination Against Young, Black Males Over Brunch!!!
This morning Kansas City community organizations gathered as part of President Barack Obama's "My Brother's Keeper Initiative" - A program aimed at encouraging and providing opportunities for minority youth.
The recent rioting and clashes with police in Ferguson, Missouri offered the backdrop.
KSHB: Local leaders meet to discuss ways to help young black men succeed
Fox4: Hundreds gather to discuss how urban core teens can reach full potential
"Leaders from the Kansas City community met at the Kauffman Foundation to brainstorm ways to help young black men succeed. They also vowed to change the way people perceive black men in Kansas City and around the country.
"The leaders, including Aim4Peace Members, El Centro members, Turn the Page KC leaders, Kansas City No Violence Alliance members, Kansas City Freedom Schools Initiative leaders and Connections to Success members, want to give young black men educational and employment opportunities and ways to break the cycle of poverty."
Here's the quote from Mayor James:
"This is an opportunity that we have to actually have a conversation about race that we are always reluctant to have. It often gets swept under the rug. It's something we must address at some point. Now is that point."
Fact is, we've been having that discussion all week on TKC and what we notice from every other politico and civic institution is that they don't let people respond or offer any kind of criticism of local pleasantries.
You decide . . .
The latest Ferguson, Missouri links of note . . .
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