President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wave as they depart the stage after Obama addressed the 43rd annual Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Legislative Conference dinner in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013. The dinner is part of a four-day conference on public policy affecting Black communities in America and overseas. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)(AP Photo/Cliff Owen) by Byron Scott (NNPA)–If numbers make an event a success, then day two of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s annual convention was just that. The halls and conference rooms of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Northwest Washington, D.C. were filled with attendees who sat in on policy sessions, made plans to attend a bevy of social functions, and networked with other convention-goers.
BERNADETTE TURNER So, what do we do? Acknowledge the problem. We learn early in drug and alcohol recovery the first step- acknowledge there is a problem. Although it’s been documented and the inequities are visible, there hasn’t been a real acknowledgement of how it is problematic for everyone to not change our local practices. At the recent Non Profit summit, the question was asked to philanthropic leaders in a breakout “How are disparities in giving addressed?” All of the panelists stated it’s bigger than the foundation community. It is a systemic problem regionally. Then let’s systematically change it regionally; first, by acknowledging in a big way that current practices need to change.