We came across this interesting post by Australian activist Jarrod McKenna over at the God’s Politics blog, which is produced by our good friends at Sojourners. In light of all that’s happening in Washington this week, especially with President Obama’s health-care summit today, we thought we’d post it here in slightly edited form for your reflection.
It’s interesting to see Professor Cornel West, a well-known Obama supporter, offer this strong of a critique (in some ways, it’s an admonishment) of the President and his performance thus far.
A copy of former U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige’s new book, The Black-White Achievement Gap, arrived in our offices this week. Co-authored with Elaine Witty, Ed.D., Paige’s book tackles what it calls “the greatest civil rights issue of our time.” Paige, of course, served under President George W. Bush, from 2001 to 2005, during which time the controversial No Child Left Behind Act was put into effect.
We hope to review the book at length later on, and perhaps snag an interview with Mr. Paige himself. But in the meantime, we thought this interview from the book’s PR materials would be a good way to give readers an overview of the book and the formidable issue that it’s taking on.
Fifty years ago, on Feb. 1, four black college students sat down at a whites-only Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C. The “Greensboro Four,” along with friends and supporters, returned to the counter every day for six months until the lunch counter was desegregated.
“We feel that this place here and this entire building is holy ground,” says Skip Alston, Guilford County commissioner. “What took place here on Feb. 1, 1960, was very holy and ordained.”
Check out NPR’s excellent report on this historic event, and find out how that Greensboro Woolworth’s building went on to become the International Civil Rights Center & Museum.