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“The greatest public program the government can provide minorities is a job.” — President John F. Kennedy.

This was a great statement by former President Kennedy back during the 1960s and it stands true today. Especially since we never got the 40 acres and a mule. The problem is that most programs have not provided jobs or the training for a good paying job, which makes two of the groups we covered recently stand out. One is NEED, which is working to help college students with their finances so that they can finish college to get a good paying job. It’s too bad more Blacks are not contributing to NEED and other groups like them so that they can contribute more to the students.

The other group is the Hill House Association job placement program headed by Donald McKeever and Sharnay Hearn. Hill House Executive Director Cheryl Hall-Russell is to be commended for seeing that the program wasn’t as effective as she would like it to be and made changes to make it more effective. Employment is the most important problem in the Black community, hopefully Hearn and McKeever with support from Hall-Russell will move it out front in helping not only Hill District residents find good paying jobs but Blacks throughout the Pittsburgh area.


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