2005 NEWS RELEASES, PRESS ADVISORIES AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS

USCCR TO HOLD BRIEFING ON STAGNATION OF THE BLACK MIDDLE CLASS

Experts to Discuss Effects of Income, Education, and Other Factors

Washington, DC - A panel of experts will brief members of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, offering explanations for and consequences of stagnation in the growth of America's Black Middle Class. Dr. Douglas Besharov, Professor, University of Maryland School of Public Affairs and Senior Scholar, American Enterprise Institute, will lead the discussion. Panelists, Dr. Harry Holzer, Professor of Public Policy, Georgetown Public Policy Institute, and Dr. Bart Landry, Professor of Sociology, University of Maryland, College Park and author of The New Black Middle Class, will make presentations and offer expertise. During the discussion, Commission members will pose questions and propose facts and viewpoints to all three guests.

Among topics, the panel will address: (1) income trends among African Americans and other disadvantaged minorities; (2) lack of career-oriented educational programs in middle and high schools and the impact on low-income families; (3) the inadequacy of financial aid and college counseling in overcoming problems of disadvantaged students; (4) and the relationship between economic disparities and educational attainment levels, including graduation rates, between black and white students.

 
WHEN: Friday, July 15, 2005, 9:30 a.m.
WHERE: U.S. House of Representatives
2226 Rayburn Building
Washington, DC 20515

 

07/14/05