Congresswoman Yvette Clarke Discusses Federal Job Policy, Former Rep. Major Owens Reflects on the Life of Shirley Chisholm On Urban Focus, February 17

United States Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke discusses a wide range of topics, from President Obama’s job growth strategy to the politics of New York State on the next Urban Focus, the weekly public affairs show broadcast in conjunction with the DuBois Bunche Center for Public Policy at Medgar Evers College. The show will be broadcast on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 5 p.m.

Ms. Clarke is a Democrat who represents several neighborhoods in central Brooklyn. She is a member of the House Committee on Education and Labor and the Committee on Homeland Security. She is the chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, Science and Technology.

Prior to being elected to Congress, she served in the New York City Council. She succeeded her pioneering mother, former City Council Member Una S. T. Clarke, making them the first mother-daughter succession in the history of the Council.

The program will also include a Black History Month reflection on the life and legacy of Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman elected to Congress. She represented Brooklyn from 1969 to 1983. In 1972, she became the first major-party black candidate for president and the first woman to run for the Democratic presidential nomination. Speaking about Ms. Chisholm is former Congressman Major R. Owens, a Brooklyn Democrat who succeeded Ms. Chisholm in Congress. Mr. Owens is a senior fellow at the DuBois Bunche Center.

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 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 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.