In August, New Coalition President Lee Walker was interviewed by and met with Delroy Alexander, a business reporter at the Chicago Tribune, to discuss leadership in black Chicago. Alexander has been interviewing ministers, business persons, and local government officials, including Mayor Richard M. Daley, about the lack of leadership in black Chicago on education and other issues.
On July 28, the Chicago Sun Times (circ. 496,030) published a letter to the editor by Walker addressing a report that blames a “lack of grocery stores” for “early deaths” in Chicago’s minority neighborhoods. Notes Walker, “Unfortunately, our problems are a little larger than grocery stores–it’s poor community leadership.”
On July 20, the Chicago Defender (circ. 16,000) published Walker’s essay, “Bush, the NAACP, and the Voting Rights Act.” Writes Walker, “Most arguments about the Voting Rights Act … have less to do with a substantive debate about the issues, and more to do with trying to sling mud on the faces of some politician and keeping black voters from straying from the Democratic Party.”
Meetings and Events
On July 19, Walker attended a meeting of the Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists. The meeting addressed the topic “Hip-Hop: Getting its Act Together” and featured rap artists, the chairman of the 2006 National Hip-Hop Political Convention, and Travis A. Jackson, associate professor of American Music at the University of Chicago.
On July 20, Walker addressed 20 high school students participating in a program sponsored by the Black United Fund.
On August 8, Walker attended a meeting of the Black United Fund.
On August 11, Walker met with Warrick L. Carter, Ph.D., president of Columbia College Chicago; Alderman Madeline Haithcock; and Samuel A. Floyd Jr., Ph.D., founder and director emeritus of and consultant for the Center for Black Music Research, to discuss “making the arts a community affair.”
On August 15, Walker met with Tennessee state Rep. Dolores Gresham and others to discuss plans for an economic development conference in Nashville.
On August 23, Walker attended the MBE/WBE Assist Agency Outreach Luncheon hosted by the City Colleges of Chicago. The purpose of the luncheon was to encourage organizations to become an Assist Agency to promote minority and women-owned businesses.
On September 10-14, Walker attended a first-of-its-kind conference in Seoul, South Korea. The conference was sponsored by the Universal Peace Federation (UPF).