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The African-American Voice-“Setting the Record Straight”

Cultivating Tomorrow’s Business Leaders Today

February 2017

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Why Black History Month still matters in 2017

BY GRETEL KAUFFMAN Wednesday marked


start of Black History Month, the annual event dedicated to the study and celebration of centuries of African American contributions and experiences.

BY ROBIN WHITE GOODE January is National Mentoring Month,

a campaign held every year to bring atten- tion to the need for and the value of youth mentoring.

The other day, I spoke with Jesse

Tyson, president and CEO of the National Black MBA Association, about the impor- tant role mentoring plays in the organiza- tion.

“It’s our goal to create an evergreen

pipeline,” Tyson says, “and the beginning of that pipeline is high school students. One student out of every three grows up without a mentor.”

“The NBMBAA works with young people to connect them with opportuni- ties for personal growth as well as social and economic development,” Tyson says. “People who have mentors in their lives do better in school and make better life deci- sions. When we think about our future as a community, it makes sense for us to focus time, energy, and resources on mentoring.”

Leaders of Tomorrow Through its signature mentoring pro-

gram, Leaders of Tomorrow, which begins Business Leaders > page 15

Does this celebration,

officially begun 41 years ago, hold more – or less – relevance today?

As the country grapples with issues of racial inequality amid unrest – which some argue is fueled by the election of Donald Trump – and the police shootings of unarmed black men, advocates say, yes: The increasing awareness of the country’s racial history can reduce hostility by providing Americans with a better understanding of current movements and ideology. While some scholars debate the merits of designating the month of February to the study and celebration of black history, most agree that recognizing and discussing the past is a crucial step toward future reconciliation.

Photo by: Alan Campbell/Rocky Mount Telegram/AP

“What’s happening is deeper than a question of miscomprehension of history,” says Gerald Horne, a professor of history and African American studies at the University of Houston. “However, a step on the road toward … reconciliation would be a better understanding of history.”

Beyond that, Professor Horne notes that the African American civil rights movement may serve Black History > page 12

Jesse Jackson Sr. Tackles Economic Equality & The Trump Administration


On February 15, the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr.

will enter the 20th anniversary of the Rainbow PUSH Wall Street Project Economic Summit. The conference will take place at the Grand Hyatt New York through February 17.

“It’s a struggle for economic equality,”

Jackson, founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, told NewsOne last week. “We’re free, but not equal.”

The Wall Street Project, founded in 1996

by Rev. Jackson and the Citizenship Education Fund, “challenges Corporate America to end the

multi-billion dollar trade deficit with minority vendors and consumers, while working to ensure Economic Equality > page 14

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