Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Illinois Congressman Calls on President to Convene Commission on Black Males

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Illinois Congressman Calls on President to Convene Commission on Black Males

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As a result of the State of the African American Male initiative, national leaders are calling on President George W. Bush to convene a Presidential Commission to seek solutions regarding the dismal quality of life for millions of African American males in this country.

In a letter to President Bush, U.S. Rep. Danny K. Davis, D-Ill., said, "Based upon statistical data, it is my contention that conditions relating to African American males are continuing to decline and thereby require intervention. For example, the unemployment rate among African American males is approximately 31.9 percent, which is triple the national average. African American males make up 6 percent of the total population and account for 48 percent of the prison population. According to the Census Bureau, 30 percent of African American males under 18 live below the poverty line."

Leaders are concerned that 4.4 million African American males are not in the labor force, and almost 21 percent have no high-school diploma. …

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