Senator Kevin Parker, Liberian Presidential Historian James Smith and the Student Drafters of the Freedom Dreamers Initiative on Urban Focus, December 16

New York State Senator Kevin Parker, a Brooklyn Democrat, discusses the impact of the federal stimulus package on New York City on the next Urban Focus, the weekly radio program broadcast in conjunction with the DuBois Bunche Center for Public Policy at Medgar Evers College. Senator Parker serves on the Senate Committees on Energy and Telecom, Economic Development and Small Business.

Mr. Parker also discusses his views on what he considers the successes and shortcomings of the administration of Gov. David A. Paterson.

The show will be broadcast on Wednesday, Dec. 16, at 1 p.m.

The program also includes an interview with David Smith Jr., a historian at Georgia State University. Dr. Smith is one of the only African-American presidential historians and scholars focused exclusively on researching the history of the 10 American-born presidents of Liberia, their families, and their administrations. He is the author of the book, The African American Presidents: The Founding Fathers of Liberia, 1848-1904.

The show also includes a discussion with four public administration students at Medgar Evers College who have drafted the Freedom Dreamers initiative. It is a sweeping plan that includes legislation to create a Martin Luther King National Institute at Medgar Evers College. The four students are Milton Gordon, Kai Halim, Angela Wahls Conteh and Carin Whint.

The show’s host is Jonathan Hicks, a DBC senior fellow and former political reporter for The New York Times who recently traveled to West Africa and reported from both Liberia and Nigeria. His reports can be found on DBC’s blog, at

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 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

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.

About Medgar Evers College, CUNY

Medgar Evers College was founded in 1970 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.