For all of the encouraging trends regarding the growth of African-American entrepreneurship reflected in the Census data, a shift is necessary to start growing the types of companies that can create a much more significant number of jobs.
Glen Ford worked as a network broadcast journalist in Washington, D.C., and created in 1977, along with Peter Gamble, America's Black Forum, which was the first nationally-syndicated black news interview program on commercial television.
Disparities in areas like education, health care and employment continue to serve as substantial obstacles for black communities across the country. The key to advancement is well within our reach thanks to the new technologies at our fingertips.
Wireless technologies present a real opportunity to uplift communities that have been economically marginalized since the Reconstruction Era -- both in providing new opportunity and enabling all Americans to access this opportunity.
I fear that conservatives plan to use African-Americans in coming years much like they did in 2004 when a small yet significant portion,of African-Americans voters turned out against gay marriage, giving an extra edge to the GOP ticket.
As we enter Black History Month, let us pause to remember the sacrifice of African-American soldiers, past and present. We should know that the veterans who paved the road for our current soldiers went through hell and high water.
I was chairman of the National Urban League's Board for five years, and served for 13 years, an organization that celebrated success stories for women and people of color. In 2004, I discovered such a story.
In America tonight there will be many who are not given much voice in the state of the union discussion. They are the hungry and the homeless, the pained and the suffering, the victims of a society that can truly be called our two Americas.