Here’s a look at African American people and issues making headlines throughout the country.
When asked by the leadership of Share Our Strength to support an effort to feed America’s youth, USA Network star Sharif Atkins (“White Collar”) knew exactly how he could assist, by producing a public service announcement that might inspire others to support the cause. With a simple belief that “No child should grow up hungry in America,” Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign attempting to end childhood hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day. The campaign connects kids in need with nutritious food and teaches their families how to cook healthy, affordable meals. The campaign also engages the public to make ending childhood hunger a national priority.
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As Congress convenes to determine the fate of the 50 million Americans living in poverty and a shattered middle class stalled in a jobless recovery, broadcaster Tavis Smiley is calling on everyday people from coast to coast to urge President Barack Obama to convene a White House Conference on the Eradication of Poverty in America. Smiley will moderate a nationally televised discussion, “Vision for a New America: A Future Without Poverty,” 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW, Washington, D.C. Taking place just days before the presidential inauguration, the event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 5 p.m., and advance registration is required at www.tavistalks.com/visionforanewamerica.