The State of Things (WUNC) reports on African-American Economic Summit, Nov. 1-2; CPC Fellow William A. Darity is a co-organizer

Oct 30, 2009

WUNC radio program The State of Things reported on the upcoming African-American Economic Summit, a free event being held November 1-2 at UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University. Carolina Population Center Fellow William "Sandy" Darity is a co-organizer and will present the morning of November 2.

The free public summit will discuss the current recession and its impact on African-Americans and their communities. Topics will include housing, education, labor, wealth, health and incarceration.

After the discussions each day, experts will meet privately to draft policy recommendations on issues identified in the discussions. The recommendations will be sent to N.C. Gov. Beverly Perdue and President Barack Obama.

The State of Things aired a segment featuring experts discussing why the current economic contraction has deepened long-standing racial gaps in income and wealth.

"Money Talks: African-American Economic Summit," (The State of Things, October 27, 2009).

Listen to the radio story:

UNC issued a release about the summit:

An excerpt from the release:
William "Sandy" Darity, Ph.D., summit co-organizer and Duke network director, said, "There has never been a forum to construct a policy agenda addressing the economic crisis in black America conducted by black economists. The premise behind the summit is that the combination of the current economic crisis and ongoing black-white disparities make it compelling that the voice of black economists be heard."

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