Roberto Ramirez, a former Democratic Party leader in the Bronx and an influential political strategist, will discuss his perspectives on the age of Obama on Urban Focus, the weekly radio program broadcast in conjunction with the DuBois Bunche Center for Public Policy at Medgar Evers College. The show will be broadcast on Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 1 p.m. In a rare interview, Mr. Ramirez discusses everything from the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to the political reaction to the president’s health care initiates.
The program will also include an interview with Divine Pryor, the executive director of the Center for NuLeadership on Urban Solutions at Medgar Evers College. Dr. Pryor will talk about an effort now underway to change the way prisoners are counted in the federal Census, an initiative seeking to have them counted as residents of the cities where they resided at the time of their arrest rather than the communities where they are incarcerated.
Also, the show also will include a discussion with Hasan Kwame Jeffries, the author of the new book “Bloody Lowndes: Civil Rights and Black Power in Alabama’s Black Belt.” The book offers a fascinating look at the struggle for black voting rights and civil rights in a relatively obscure county in Alabama – and the implications of that struggle for 21st Century American. Dr. Jeffries is a professor of history at Ohio State University. Jonathan Hicks, a DBC senior fellow and former political reporter for The New York Times, is the show’s host.
Urban Focus is broadcast every Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. It is broadcast nation-wide via the Internet at http://streaming.intacs.com/clients/medgarevers. In Brooklyn, the program will be aired on BCAT TV on Channel 70 (Cablevision), Channel 57 (Time Warner), Channel 44 (Verizon ) and Channel 84 (RCN). Urban Focus will also be archived on the DuBois Bunche Center’s website, at www.duboisbunche.org.
Through interviews with politicians, policy makers, industry practitioners, scholars and expert analysts, Urban Focus will explore a range of issues that affect underserved communities and communities of color from Crown Heights, Brooklyn, to Cape Town, South Africa. The discussions will serve to both draw attention to problems and highlight solutions for issues of concern to these communities.
Medgar Evers College was founded in 1969 through the efforts from educators and community leaders in central Brooklyn. The College is named after Medgar Wiley Evers, a Mississippi-born black civil rights activist who was assassinated on June 12, 1963. The College is divided into four schools: The School of Business; The School of Professional and Community Development; The School of Liberal Arts and Education; and The School of Science, Health, and Technology. Through these Schools, the College offers 29 associate and baccalaureate degree programs, as well as certificate programs in fields such as English, Nursing, and Accounting. Medgar Evers College also operates several co-curricular and external programs and associated centers such as the Male Development and Empowerment Center, the Center for Women’s Development, the Center for Black Literature, and The DuBois Bunche Center for Public Policy.