ERIC Number: ED148928
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Jul-24
Reference Count: 0
Keynote Address by Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. at 67th Annual Conference of the National Urban League.
Jordan, Vernon E., Jr.
This speech outlines the plight of black people under the present federal government administration. It is stated that the administration is not living up to the First Commandment of politics; that is, to help those who helped it. The administration has failed black people since it has not adequately addressed itself to a new domestic policy. The urban areas are dying because local politics are aimed at killing inner city neighborhoods. It is suggested that a national urban policy be developed. This should have three major components: (1) federally supported and directed increases in basic social services, (2) massive creation of housing opportunities for low and moderate income families and (3) an urban economic development program that includes guaranteed jobs for all who can work and an income assistance system. Finally the administration should signal the nation's poor that their interests will be met by meaningful reform of the welfare system. The National Urban League supports a long-range plan to use a refundable credit income tax as the means of assuring a minimum income level beneath which no family could fall. This plan includes four steps: (1) a massive job creation program, (2) food stamp expansion, (3) major improvements in social insurance programs, including a national health insurance plan, and (4) a refundable tax credit. This speech concludes by calling on blacks and upon their leadership to create a new structure that will enable blacks to act in unison and to maximize efforts that will help all blacks in need. (Author/AM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Some pages may be marginally legible due to print quality of the original document; Speech presented at the Annual Conference of the National Urban League (67th, Washington, D.C., July 24, 1977)