A leading advocate for equal rights argues infant mortality, access to education, and unemployment remain major issues of inequality in the African American community.
Julianne Malveaux is a labor economist, author and political commentator. She is also the former President of Bennett College, a historically black college for women in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Host Don Marsh talked with Malveaux in advance of her speech at the University of Missouri – St. Louis to commemorate the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.
Malveaux said the nationwide problem of unemployment disproportionately affects African Americans. “We’ve got a lot of disparities. The unemployment report just came out last week and we see still, as always, African American unemployment at almost twice that of whites,” Malveaux said.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for whites is 6.9% while it is 14% for blacks.
St. Louis Public Radio fellowship producer Erin Williams compiled a guide of other local events honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
University of Missouri - St. Louis Martin Luther King Observance "Fulfilling the Dream" Featuring Dr. Julianne Malveaux
Monday, January 21, 2013
UMSL's Touhill Performing Arts Center