Iowa Commission on the Status of African Americans Annual Report, Fiscal Year 2006

(2006) Iowa Commission on the Status of African Americans Annual Report, Fiscal Year 2006. Human Rights, Department of


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A Public Intellectual recently suggested that I read the book Life Out Of Context by the very productive writer Walter Mosley. In this book, Mosley began to summarize a speech that was given by Harry Belafonte. Belafonte made a comparison between a particular Olympic relay race and the Civil Rights Movement. In the race, an experienced runner stumbled a little while passing the baton, and the race was lost. For Belafonte, this momentary slip was a metaphor for the failure of the Civil Rights Movement to “pass the baton” to the younger generation as “it moved past its original phase and into the latter part of the century.” Regardless of your views of the strengths and weaknesses of the Civil Rights Movement, I think all of us would agree that the current issues facing Black Iowa today--e.g., the need for economic development, increased educational achievement and more political involvement in our communities--demand our immediate attention and action. This urgency requires that we cross generational, class, and territorial boundaries within the state to collaborate among ourselves and with others to deal constructively with these issues. We cannot afford to have another “momentary slip.” Serving as the Administrator for ICSAA allows me to serve Black Iowa in a significant way, and Kimberly Cheeks and I in this Division look forward to the work ahead over the next several months and years. Working closely with Walter Reed, Director of the Department of Human Rights, along with so many others across this state, we are keenly aware that we are provided with a great opportunity to positively impact the quality of life for African-Americans in Iowa.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: African-American, Annual Report, State Government
Subjects: State government > State finance
Social issues and programs > Ethnic groups and minorities > African Americans
Government finance and taxes > State finance
State government > State agencies
State government
ID Code: 7633
Deposited By: Margaret Barr
Deposited On: 06 Aug 2009 20:36
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2009 20:36