ERIC Number: ED280937
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: 0
Black Initiative and Governmental Responsibility. A Policy Framework for Racial Justice.
Joint Center for Political Studies, Washington, DC.
Pervasive and persistent poverty has eroded but not destroyed the strong, deep, value framework that for so long sustained black people. These values--among them, family, education, and hard work--are so deeply held that they remain and can be explicitly tapped today. The black value system, together with the variety of historic and existing self-initiated activities for self-help and advancement can be the basis for a newly energized and expanded effort from within the black community to tackle a new variety of problems. But the disparities would never have arisen at all if official and societal discrimination had not denied blacks earlier access to equality and to opportunity. They can be eradicated only if the government comes to the assistance of a community in crisis. (AA)
Descriptors: Black Community, Black Culture, Black Power, Blacks, Change Strategies, Government Role, Poverty, Racial Discrimination, Racial Relations, Social Change, Social Values
Joint Center for Political Studies, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Suite 400, Washington, DC 20004.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Joint Center for Political Studies, Washington, DC.
Note: Introduction by John Hope Franklin and Eleanor Holmes Norton.