The separation of church and state has been a fundamental principle since Thomas Jefferson coined the phrase in 1802. But centuries later in the 2016 race for president, some politicians appear to be preaching behind their podiums, making this concept the center of much debate. Howard University News Service reporter Erin Winters has more.
By Taki S. Raton
On Friday, April 3, 2015 in the Blackburn Auditorium on the campus of Washington, D.C.’s Howard University, an eight member panel was assembled by the Hot Black Coffee Party to address the question, “Has Integration Failed Us?”
Howard’s panel was actually, as I was updated, the third such occasion to circulate around the country. The first panel exploring integration was in Lafayette, Louisiana in November of 2014. The second discussion was held this past December 28, 2014 at Elm Grove Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Co-moderated by Bro. Takuna El-Shabazz out of Lafayette and Sis. Nura Muhammad, a student at Howard University, this third scheduled panel included Dr. Ridgely Abdule-Mu’Muhammad, Sis. Loray Muhammad, Bro. Louis Ali, The Irritated Genie, Al-Malik Farrakhan, Sis. ZaZa Ali, Bro. Chinedu Nwokeafor, and Dr. Wesley Muhammad.
Forum planners carefully structured multiple rounds of questions throughout the 3 hour and 50 minute exchange. The questions alone inspired a deep well of exploration on the failure of integration over these past 45 years from the 1970’s well into 2015.
Sequential inquiries includ did Black people during the 1960’s march for equality or for integration?
Sis. Nura Muhammad positioned that Black people marched only for “acceptance by White people under the guise of both equality and integration” as it was all about being, in this writer’s words – exclusively equal to, the same as, accepted by and included in the White world or what many of our scholars call, “The illusion of inclusion.”
Have Black people become more spiritually moral under integration? What role should the Black church play in helping our people analyze the ill effects of integration on the Black family and on the Black community at large?
This was a critical point as our young people should know that prior to integration, the Black community was always able to make a very clear distinction between the behavior of White people and the behavior of Black people. We were different from them and we always endeavored to maintain a level of dignity and self respect amongst ourselves above, apart, and separate from the ethno-cultural behavior, peculiarities and tendencies of other people.
“Everybody to their own,” our elders taught us.
Such expected behavior and expectations on our part was taught throughout our upbringing and was effectively reinforced in a variety of ways through the family, extended family, church, schools, business, employment and in civic and social organizations. Now today, noted mainstream culture imagery and behavior as reflected in such series as “Empire,” “Scandal,” popular rap song lyrics, speech, dress, and homosexuality/LGTB for example are the acceptable norm in the Black community. This behavior and imagery is not us. This is not who we are.
Are Black service providers or development contractors receiving more state and federal contracts under integration? Does integration serve as an incubator for producing the current modern day “Uncle Toms” and “Aunt Tommets” who function to retard the political, economic, social, cultural, education, spiritual growth and collective progress of Black people in America?
African Americans, cites the moderator, have more educated Black college graduates and professionals than at any other time in America. But are Black children today better educated under the socially engineered system of integration? If not, why not?
From 1890 to 1950, note’s event descriptor documentation, Black women married at higher rates than White women, despite a shortage of Black males. In 1965, only 8 percent of childbirths in the Black community occurred out of wedlock. In 2010, that figure was 41 percent and today, out-of-wedlock childbirths in the Black community are an astonishing 72 percent if not higher.
The panel was asked to, “Evaluate the status of Black marriages under integration? Are we losing the ability to bond with the opposite sex? Has the rise and acceptance of homosexuality in the Black community become the new norm? If so, what are the effects on the Black community and on our ability to restore the Black family to its original greatness?”
Has the health status of Black people improved under integration? What is the connection or relationship between land ownership, farming and agriculture to Black economic independence, Black health, and true freedom and liberation for Black people in America?
Do Black people today own more land, businesses or income producing property under integration?” What is the potential negative psychological impact on the image of Black womanhood and Black motherhood when the Black man marries outside of his race? What is the potential adverse economic impact on the Black family collectively and the black business community in general?”
“Has the hypocrisy and the false premise of justice for all under integration altered the climate for the Black man in America since the days of Emmitt Till’s murder in 1955? Have the oppressors of Black people reached a boiling point of frustration with the oppressed to the degree that open war has been declared on Black males, especially the youth?”
Do Black politicians respond to the needs of Black people better under integration?
Supportive data released by panel organizers detail five ways that integration literally “underdeveloped” Black America. Black wealth stagnated or declined after integration. African Americans were forced under segregation to start and support their own businesses in their own communities. Such communities around the country, these respective panels are revealing, flourished and became proudly economically self-sufficient.
But after segregation ended, African Americans cite the panel planners, “flocked to support businesses owned and operated by Whites and other groups causing Black restaurants, theaters, insurance companies, banks, grocery stores, cleaners, and other businesses providing jobs, goods and services to disappear. Today, Black people spend 95 percent of their income at White-owned businesses.
A clip during the panel proceedings by John and Maggie Anderson from Oak Park, Illinois briefly explored their January 1, 2009 year-long pledge to, “Buy Black.” But they were hard pressed to find substantial Black owned businesses. They had to drive to a Chicago South Side location, for example, fifteen miles away, to find a Black-owned grocery store and to the West Side of Chicago to find one Black owned cleaners.
“If there were more Black businesses in our community to hire Black workers, then maybe Black unemployment would not be so high,” said Mrs. Anderson.
Anthony Greg Muhammad in response to the Anderson clip spoke to the successful economic self sufficient Shaw U Street area in Washington prior to integration.
According to Muhammad, there were two Black owned steamboat companies, a host of Black own grocery stores, funeral companies, the Adams Oil and Gas Development Company, Capital Savings Bank, two Black owned insurance companies, 11 Black owned employment agencies, Black owned newspapers, over 3000 Black families owned their own homes in the Shaw U district and students in the all-Black school scored higher than their White counterparts on city wide academic achievement test.
“And this is all a result of Black businesses, Black economics and Black life in one area,” said Muhammad at the Howard gathering. “As we were denied attendance to White schools, we created an outstanding self-sufficient educational system that attracted from all over the country Black families for their children and great teachers,” he adds.
He further revealed also that Howard University then became the intellectual center for Black America. The likes of Langston Hughes, Alain LeRoy Locke, and Duke Ellington, all made Shaw U Street their home.
“It was a proud community. We had everything we needed and we felt good about it and we did very well,” said Muhammad. “There was no family that we didn’t know and that didn’t know you. Can we say that today?” he asked.
But at the beginning of integration, as “free choice replaced a community of necessity,” he said, the area around U Street began to change. The Black residence dispersed. There was no more commitment to sustain Black businesses, no more concentration to maintain a positive and cultivated Black life. Personal individualized selections and opportunities won over the needs and welfare of the collective and there was no giving back.
As a result of integration, says Muhammad, the dispersal of the Black community trickled down throughout the U Street community in every way. The Black power based moved away and the community began to decay. Poverty soon took the place of affluence and crime and drugs followed poverty.
“After integration, the U Street community soon changed to a place that people were afraid to come into,” he sadly concluded.
Additional supportive data on the five ways that integration underdeveloped the Black community include – but not limited to – the collapse of the Black family; the quadrupling of Black unemployment, and the propagation of the myth of a colorblind society.
Where once we had proud, independent, self-sufficient towns and districts, the Black community now under integration nationwide is dependent upon outside resources, jobs, education, health care and in need of support from others. Is this what we want to pass down to our children and to our future?
And as one panelist said, despite the fact that around the country we had model self sufficient beautiful communities with our own department stores, hospitals, theaters, lounges, clothing stores, churches, schools, banks, businesses, restaurants, homes, clean and safe neighborhoods and more, but still for some reason, “White folk’s ice was still colder.”
“The power of the weekend town hall panel proved once again that a significant amount of Black people are appalled at what the socially engineered system of integration has done and is doing to destroy Black life,” says panel member Louis Ali.
He adds that Howard University students could be heard yelling in response to the question, “How much more integration can the Black community bear?” – “No more, its killing us!”
We need to come together as a people on, by, and for our own to address and resolve these concerns. The next panel is scheduled for Jackson, Mississippi in July and Milwaukee and Palm Beach, Florida are on the short list for possible scheduling.
These panels are a start to properly and responsibly forge a path to address said issues and regretfully we could not share many of the responses of the eight-member 3 hour, 50 minute panel to the above inquires. But for the purpose of this writing, the questions themselves are sufficient steps in the right direction.
African Centered curriculum model staff development specialist Taki S. Raton is an adjunct college instructor and host of his own Thursday evening radio show, “MenThink” on Harambee Radio & TV. A writer and lecturer on African American male issues and African World Historiography, he can be reached for presentation and consulting inquiries at: [email protected].
by Frederick H. Lowe
Staff Writer, The NorthStar News & Analysis
Howard University Board of Trustees on Monday named Wayne A. I. Frederick, M.D., a cancer surgeon, as the Washington, D.C., school’s 17th president.
“I am deeply honored to be selected by the board of trustees to lead this great university,” Frederick said. “Howard University has been an unparalleled catalyst since its founding, opening doors and expanding opportunity for untold individuals while driving research, innovation, service and excellence. On the cusp of our 150th anniversary, I could not be more humbled to accept the mantle of leadership and embrace the sacred trust of our motto, Truth and Service.”
Howard, which is named in honor of Union Army Gen. Oliver O. Howard, was founded March 2, 1867. In 2012, the school’s enrollment was slightly over 10,000. The university’s endowment now stands at $600 million, the highest it has been in the school’s history.
The presidential search committee, chaired by Vernon E. Jordan, Jr., on Monday selected Frederick to succeed Sidney Ribeau, Ph.D., who announced in October 2013 that he would retire in December after five years at the helm. Ribeau was 65 years old at the time.
Frederick had served as Howard’s interim president since Ribeau’s announcement.
Frederick has a long history at Howard.
He enrolled in Howard as a 16 year-old from Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, to become a physician. Frederick earned a bachelor’s of science degree and a M.D. at the school.
At 22 years old, Frederick entered the surgical residency program at Howard University Hospital. He completed a post-doctoral research fellowship and surgical oncology fellowship at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
He also earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Howard University’s School of Business.
Frederick, 43, is married and he and his wife have two children.
Reverend Lennox Yearwood is a man of faith who’s been in hip hop‘s corner since its inception.
Yearwood is the current president of the Hip Hop Caucus, a youth empowerment organization based in Washington, D.C. Yearwood is responsible for such campaigns as Diddy’s “Vote or Die” campaign in 2004 along with Jay-Z’s “Rock The Vote” movement in 2008. His new passion is bringing light to how climate control is impacting urban communities.
Rev. Yearwood sat down with theGrio.com’s Kyle Harvey to discuss hip hop’s activist spirit and the artists he thinks are using their platforms for change.
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by Blair L. M. Kelley -thegrio.com
This Women’s History Month, I’ve been thinking frequently aboutPauli Murray, a radical black woman who failed more than she succeeded, yet still blazed a formidable trail.
Her life’s work foreshadowed the accomplishments of civil rights, women’s rights, and human rights in the twentieth century and the questions she asked of all Americans are still relevant today. Murray is just the kind of person who should be celebrated during Women’s History Month. A woman who reminds us to explore the ways that race, gender identity, and sexuality intersect, in order to tell a better story about the history of women in America.
Pauli Murray lived her life at the intersections; she coined the term “Jane Crow” in the 1940s as a way of describing her life lived under the shadow of race and gender oppression. A daughter of Durham, North Carolina, Pauli Murray was an activist who continuously contested the limits placed on her because of her race and gender. After first fleeing the bracing grip of segregation and attending Hunter College in New York, she was drawn back her home state by the possibility of applying to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
At the time, UNC maintained an all-white, all-male student body, but was home to scholars interested in questions of race in the South. Murray wondered how students could study race in an all-white setting, and decided that she should apply to the graduate program in sociology. Murray was a radical spirit in a changing time.
Although she was not the first black student to fight for admittance to the graduate program at UNC, Murray resolved on her own to continue the challenge in 1938. After she applied to the program on her own, she alerted the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) about her cause, but they waivered, and in the end, did not support her efforts for fear that she was not the perfect litigant. Although the NAACP did not explain why they refused to take up her case, Murray’s short time in a Communist-affiliated organization, her intimate relationships with women, and her occasional self-presentation as a young man, particularly when she traveled, may have rendered her less than respectable by NAACP standards. Despite their doubts, Murray alone presented formidable opposition to white supremacy and black reluctance.
Arguing, “one person plus one typewriter constitutes a movement,” she advocated in support of her own candidacy, waging a one-woman letter-writing campaign by sending letters to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, UNC president, Frank Porter Graham, and James Shepard, president of the North Carolina College for Negroes (now North Carolina Central University).By forwarding her challenging letters to local newspapers and the UNC student newspaper, The Daily Tar Heel, she sparked a debate about school integration decades before Brown v. Board of Education. Although she was not admitted, her challenge would plant the seeds for successful challenges in the coming generation.
Murray was a tireless advocate for the movement, and her work reverberated with the fights that the modern civil rights movement and contemporary struggles for justice are still battling today. While traveling south to Durham for an Easter visit with family with her partner Adelene McBean in the spring of 1940, Murray and McBean were arrested in Petersburg, Virginia for resisting the nonsensical rules of racial segregation on a Greyhound bus. Following the Gandhian principles that would become the hallmark of the Freedom Rides more than twenty years later, the two refused to pay fines and instead served out thirty-day sentences in the Petersburg City Jail.
In a manner that echoes the fight against the racialized application of “Stand Your Ground” laws today, Murray organized in support of Odell Waller, a black sharecropper who faced the death penalty in Virginia after killing his white landlord in self defense. Murray’s work for the Waller case drew her further into the public eye as an advocate for the movement, and convinced her that she needed to study law in order to do the work she was called to do. On the strength of her activism and a letter of recommendation from Thurgood Marshall himself, Murray embarked on a legal career at Howard University.
Murray found that it would be on the campus of Howard University in the 1940s where the gender biases of black male faculty and classmates would put the politics Jane Crow in stark relief. Mocked and excluded by folks at Howard Law, Murray set out to counter their “crude” sexism by being at the top of her class and continuing her race advocacy. In a movement that would closely mirror the practices of the 1960s lunch counter sit-ins, Murray helped lead a group of mostly undergraduate women in sit-ins at segregated lunch counters throughout the nation’s capital, successfully desegregating at least one establishment.
It would be this battle on two fronts against Jane Crow that would lead Murray to be a co-founder for the National Organization for Women, an advocate for the Equal Rights Amendment, spearheading the ground-breaking inclusion of sex protection under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, and becoming one of the first women ordained as an Episcopal priest.
The kind of women’s history we pass down when we center an advocate like Pauli Murray is a history that forces us to remember the lessons gleaned from this long fight for equality. When we remember Murray, we have to honor the ways that all our struggles are intertwined.
Howard University Interim President Wayne A. I. Frederick wants his students following you around the grocery store. He envisions HU nutrition science undergraduates providing shoppers with reports on dietary recommendations, and interfacing with their physicians to determine nutrition plans that lead to longevity and better quality of life.
He imagines Howard physical therapy students leading group exercise sessions in community centers throughout Washington D.C., charting the improvements of participants from all age groups learning and living the value of an active lifestyle.
“This is how we begin to have a more integrated system; keeping patients at the center, keeping the community as the focus, and really reaching out from our schools to provide the type of care that affects positively and as a whole,” says Frederick, a nationally renowned surgeon and medical scholar who earned undergraduate and medical degrees from Howard before the age of 22.
“I think HBCUs, and certainly Howard, are best positioned to fulfill that dream.”
The ‘Mecca,’ leads an impressive cohort of HBCUs making significant gains in research, outreach and professional development for students at the undergraduate, masters and doctoral levels of training. Several public and private black colleges are state and national leaders in the production of African-American physicians, nurse practitioners and public health professionals, and generate timely research on factors and conditions which lead to illnesses disproportionately affecting African-Americans.
Statistics and expansion bear out Frederick’s ambitious vision for the university. Last year, Howard was classified by the National Science Foundation in 2013 as the top producer of African-Americans who go on to earn doctorates in science and engineering.
In 2014, exactly 40 years after Howard became the first HBCU to establish a school of allied health, the university will debut the HU Health Sciences Simulation Center, a 6,000-square foot facility where undergraduate students and post-graduate trainees in its College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences will train and practice in a “virtual” hospital environment with state-of-the-art medical equipment, human patient simulators, and training suites for emergency, surgical and intensive care protocols and services.
In Houston, Prairie View A&M University is home to one of the oldest and most renowned historically black colleges of nursing in the country. School officials say its history and tradition of producing front line health care practitioners for underserved community drives its core mission and learning experience of its students.
“Nurses are needed wherever people are, and we are positioned to deliver care,” says Dr. Betty N. Adams, Dean of the PVAMU College of Nursing. “Since the nation is moving towards population care, health care will have to be delivered to those in the greatest amount of need. We can take care of individuals, families and the communities and take all of these elements into consideration when we are conceptualizing this care. Nursing is the leader in orchestrating all of this. Physicians are beginning to learn that they have to get away from the common medical model, and begin looking at the holistic way of helping patients.”
Prairie View is one of several HBCUs leading a charge to diversify health professions. According to the US Department of Labor and Statistics, the registered nursing industry is expected to grow 26 percent within the next decade more than 14 percent faster than all other industries.
In 2010, the College received a $3 million award from the Houston Endowment to establish a doctoral program, which will admit its first students beginning this semester to accompany its existing baccalaureate and masters degree programs.
According to Adams, enrollment in the program has averaged more than 600 students over the last four years, and the school claims gender and ethnic diversity among its strongest elements of appeal. In 2012, the school enrolled 161 males in its programs, good for six percent of its total enrollment. More than 20 percent of its students are non-African-American, with a 12 percent Asian-Pacific Islander enrollment and eight percent Hispanic student population.
The school, which will celebrate its centennial anniversary in four years, is a vital partner in providing accessible care in communities with the greatest amount of need, says Adams.
“Our graduates are the primary care providers, midwives, family nurse practitioners, and they are credentialed to deliver care with physicians in clinics and hospitals, making diagnoses, prescribing medication, and supporting medical teams. They are contributing as front line leaders of these critical health care systems. Were it not for nurse practitioners, many people would not get appropriate care.”
Black colleges are also at the forefront of minority health research, and have attracted increasing partnership from federal agencies in their efforts. Last summer, Hampton University received a $13.5 million grant from the NIH Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities to launch a Men’s Health Initiative, which brings together six HBCUs to study prostate cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, melanoma and violence prevention in black and Hispanic men.
This initiative complements the university’s Proton Therapy Institute, the largest cancer treatment facility of its kind in the world, and the Hampton Skin of Color Research Institute, which expands research and knowledge base on skin disorders with disproportionate impact on people of color.
Dr. Raymond Samuel, Principal Investigator of the Hampton University Minority Men’s Health Initiative, says that these initiatives are a part of the institutional responsibility of black colleges due to their surrounding communities.
“Hampton University recognizes that community outreach must be linked to our research, education and training health care activities. The faculty, students, and staff of the Hampton health care-related divisions commit a significant amount of time and other resources toward on-campus, local Hampton Roads, regional and national outreach aimed at reducing the health disparities prevalent among African-Americans.”
With HBCU graduates making up more than 20 percent of the nation’s African-American degree holders, Frederick says that the pipeline for diversity in the allied health fields must include robust offerings from HBCUs which yield high numbers of black graduates with professional competencies on par with any institution in the nation.
“For Howard, if you look at board passage rates in our pharmacy school, we’re about 99 percent. If you look at our dental school, it is above the national average. If you look at the medical school, where we may take in students who may be below the national average in test scores, they are coming out with board passage scores either at or above the national average as well.”
“When they are supported in the right ways, HBCUs do it on the quantitative and qualitative front.”
Howard University President Sidney Ribeau announced Tuesday he will be leaving office at the end of December, after five years as head of the historic Washington, D.C., school.
Ribeau’s retirement announcement follows what the Washington Post described as a “tense” three-day meeting with the board of trustees. Ribeau had signed a contract extension this summer that would’ve kept him as president of Howard through June 2015. Ribeau did not disclose how much the university would pay him to buy out the contract, and emphasized that he was not forced out.
The news came as a surprise to many on the campus of Howard, considered the nation’s flagship historically black university. Faculty senate chair Lorenzo Morris, who has supported Ribeau’s management, told the Post that he was “quite astonished.”
The announcement comes a week after Moody’s Investors Service downgraded Howard’s credit rating, citing enrollment problems, federal budget cuts and the cost of operating the university’s hospital as strains on the institution’s finances.
The U.S. Department of Education tightened its standards for borrowers in 2011, making it harder for families with poor credit scores to secure loans to pay for college. Families of students at HBCUs were twice as likely to use the program.
Howard’s financial and administrative woes have lately been playing out in the public sphere, adding to the turmoil.
An April letter from trustee vice-chair Renee Higginbotham-Brooks, leaked in June, called for a vote of no confidence in Ribeau and the board chairman for their handling of the budget. Later, in July, academic deans alleged in a letter to the trustees that senior administrators were mismanaging the university’s finances.
Ben Fred-Mensah, an associate professor, told Inside Higher Ed it was too soon to know if Ribeau’s retirement would be beneficial for the university.
“I don’t know if this is going to be good for Howard,” Fred-Mensah said, “it is difficult to tell.”
by Lilit Marcus, TODAY
When most kids start their freshman year of college, it takes some time to get used to the small, cramped living spaces and to sharing a bathroom with a dozen people.
But not James Ward.
The Howard University student spent much of his childhood homeless, alternating between shelters and the street in LA’s dangerous Skid Row neighborhood.
“I used to hide it from people,” James admits. “But now, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized there was nothing to be embarrassed (about) to begin with.”
James’ journey to college began when Jessica Sutherland, who volunteers at LA’s Union Rescue Mission, found out that James had been accepted to Howard but couldn’t afford to go.
Howard, the nation’s most prestigious HBCU (historically black college or university) boasts alums including Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison, and Academy Award-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson.
Although loans, scholarships, and grants covered about 70 percent of his tuition, James somehow had to come up with an additional $14,000. He thought it would never happen.
That’s where Jessica, who was once homeless as well, stepped in. She created The James Fund
, a website that asked people to donate to James’ college efforts.
Thanks to some endorsements from celebrities like rapper
/actor Common, donations began to pour in. James even created a Tumblr blog, Homeless to Howard, to chronicle his journey. In just one week, James had enough money to pay for his freshman year. For the first time in his life, he got on an airplane and headed to Washington, D.C., to begin his new life.
“It was like a dream,” he said. “I didn’t know what to feel. I didn’t believe it.”
While James is modest about his achievements, Jessica says she always knew he was special. “James is an amazing kid that has persevered,” she says. “And despite it all, he only sees the positive of it.”
James’ college career may have just started, but his fundraising campaign still has a ways to go. He still has three more years of tuition to come up with, but he’s confident
that it will come together.
Tops last year’s total; ‘Senior Scholars’ honored Friday
The seniors of Milwaukee Public Schools’ Class of 2013 have earned more than $17.7 million in scholarships, the district announced Friday at an event honoring MPS’ “Senior Scholars.”
The total – $17,791,814 as of May 31 – is expected to grow but already tops the June total for the class of 2012.
“This incredible total – $17.7 million – is reflective of the hard work of our students, their families, their teachers, their counselors, their school leaders and staff throughout the district,” MPS Superintendent Gregory Thornton said. “This is a number we expect to grow as we continue to build college and career readiness efforts throughout the district.”
MPS has already seen the percentage of its students going onto college within a year and a half of graduation grow by eight percentage points over the last five years – and its graduation rate grow by 14 percentage points since the class of 2000.
The district’s college and career readiness efforts include:
– Comprehensive Literacy and Math/Science plans that align with the Common Core State Standards to prepare students to succeed after graduation
– Securing a GEAR UP grant worth $30 million to bolster college and career readiness
– Growing the number of students taking college-level Advanced Placement courses
– Planning for the expansion of International Baccalaureate offerings
– Opening two College Access Centers to demystify the process of applying to college and get students thinking about higher education
– Strengthening high school options
– Bringing the College Board’s SpringBoard pre-AP program into five schools
This news is available online at http://www5.milwaukee.k12.wi.us/dept/superintendent/2013/06/mps-class-of-2013-earns-more-than-17-7-million-in-scholarships/.
Former Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Louis W. Sullivan to Give Keynote
Washington – The 2013 Symposium on U.S. Healthcare at Howard University has announced Dr. Louis W. Sullivan, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, as its keynote speaker on Wednesday, April 10.
Health professionals from across the nation will assemble at Howard for the one-day event, held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Armour Blackburn Center, 2397 6th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. Attendees and speakers from health professions will focus on minority health disparities, building the capacity to combat issues through education, research and community leadership, and establishing a pipeline for minorities in STEM careers.
Health disparities among minority U.S. populations and ethnic groups are apparent in the adult deaths, infant mortality rates and other oft-cited health measures. By promoting minority preparation for leadership roles and improving access to a more diverse group of health professionals, health outcomes can be improved in vulnerable communities.
The event is free and open to the public, although registration is required. To register, visithere.
Dr. Sullivan will focus the conversation on such issues with an address titled, “Preparing Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).”
Dr. Antoine Garibaldi, distinguished Howard University alumnus and president of the University of Detroit-Mercy, will address the issue of “Bringing Black Males into the Healthcare Pipeline.”
Dr. Jeanne Sinkford, associate executive director and director of the American Dental Education Association’s Center for Equity and Diversity, Dr. Marc Nivet of the Association of American Medical Colleges and Dr. Christina Stasiuk of Cigna Health Services will highlight the role of minority women in healthcare professions. Reginald Van Lee, senior vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton, will focus on the effectiveness of the use of mega-community approaches to healthcare issues.
“By providing more Americans with access to quality care, the Affordable Care Act was a major step toward equalizing healthcare across communities,” said Jannette L. Dates, Ph.D., dean emerita of the Howard University School of Communications and chair of the Symposium Planning Committee. “Key to our mission of eliminating health disparities is increasing the number of minority health professionals that understand their communities’ needs.”
With funds donated by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and support of the University’s Time Warner Endowment, the Howard University Initiative on Democracy, Markets, Communication and Technology (IDMCT) seeks to increase opportunities for the University to facilitate national and international research and discussions of complex national and international issues.