The gap between whites and people of color in this country exists in all facets of life, including education, earning ability, and health care. Yet the existing fixes, including affirmative action and minority set-asides, are under increasing political attack by those who see such measures as unfair.
April 5 through 8. The Kirk Franklin concert is held at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets cost $20 to $150. Call 954-316-5114 or 954-486-6840 for more information or visit the Website at http://www.unitymanagement.com
Issues that affect people of color will be addressed under three broad themes: "Youth and Education," "Family and Community," and a "National Power Summit." Each aspect of the conference focuses on developing specific solutions and helping set goals. Want to buy a house? Attend the seminar on saving for the down payment and learning about government home-buying programs; yes, the government will help you buy your home. Sick of battling corporate America? Try the "Small-Business Administration Programs" workshop, where you can learn strategies to make your small business grow. Want your child to get a better education in a public school? Go to "Connecting Parents to the Schools" or "Extending the Learning Day out of the Classroom," both of which are designed to show how to give children the best education possible.
But the conference isn't just for adults. Thursday features a "Teen Town Hall Meeting," the highlight of which is a lively discussion on the impact of hip-hop music on today's youth. "Some of that impact is definitely violent," conference organizer Kevin Mitchell says.