Press Release - The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Civil and Human Rights Coalition Praises Recommendations Made in My Brother’s Keeper Report
For Immediate Release
Contact: Scott Simpson, 202.466.2061, firstname.lastname@example.org
May 30, 2014
WASHINGTON – Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement in response to the release of a 90-day progress report and set of recommendations for action by the White House’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative aimed at creating opportunities for boys and young men of color in America:
“Today’s report offers a set of concrete proposals that, when implemented in partnership with businesses, non-profits, and government, can provide opportunities for everyone to thrive together.
Expanding opportunity and improving the life outcomes for youth of color and boys and young men of color in particular, is not only a concern for minorities, but for the entire nation. As today’s report points out, Black and Hispanic boys and young men continue to lag behind their white peers’ educational outcomes and employment. They’re disproportionately represented in the criminal justice system and, while only 6 percent of the population, make up 43 percent of all murder victims. While the report highlights the unique challenges of black men and boys of color, it also recognizes the structural barriers that all youth of color face in society. We cannot expect our country or communities to prosper if this reality persists.
We applaud the administration for spearheading this important cross-sector partnership and look forward to working together with our colleagues from government, the business, and non-profit sectors for a brighter future for all.”
Wade Henderson is the president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its 200-plus member organizations, visit www.civilrights.org.