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Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Julianne Malveaux: Inequality Persists in African-American Community

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, N.C.

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% and 14% for blacks.

Listen to the full interview here: stlpublicradio.org

 

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