Tuesday, May 24, 2005

National Urban League

I was looking at the National Urban League website. I like what it stands for. I especially like their strategy that were presented in their mission statement. Here are the particular points in their entirety...

Our (Nat'l Urban League) Strategy
The Urban League employs a five point strategy, tailored to local needs, in order to implement the mission of our movement.

Education and Youth Empowerment: Ensuring that all of our children are well educated and prepared for economic self-reliance in the 21st century through college scholarships, early childhood literacy, Head Start and after care programs.

Economic Empowerment:Empowering all people in attaining economic self-sufficiency through job training, good jobs, homeownership, entrepreneurship and wealth accumulation.

Health and Quality of Life Empowerment: Working to build healthy and safe communities to eliminate health disparities through prevention, healthy eating, fitness, as well as ensuring access and complete access to affordable healthcare for all people.

Civic Engagementand Leadership Empowerment: Empowering all people to take an active role in determining the direction, quality of life, public policy and leadership in their communities by full participation as citizens and voters, as well as through active community service and leadership development.

Civil Rights and Racial Justice Empowerment: Promoting and ensuring our civil rights by actively working to eradicate all barriers to equal participation in the all aspects of American society, whether political, economic, social, educational or cultural.

The first four point I could understand the last one on civil rights would lose me. Right now I think that should be the least of our concerns. Not to blow that off, however, I want to see black children value an education. I want to see more black entrepreneurs. I want us to get healthier. And my emphasis is on knowing our leadership and what they do and not to blindly follow them down any path. This goes for politicians and ministers.

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