At its second annual roundtable with chief diversity officers, just before President Obama issued an executive order to rebalance the makeup of a federal workforce in which white men held more than 61 percent of senior-pay positions as recently as fiscal year 2009, The Network Journal got an in-depth look at the state of workplace and supplier diversity at leading corporations
More than just a few professional athletes take seriously the notion of “giving back” to their community. Some raise money for charitable causes in their off-season by playing sports other than their own, golf and softball being the most common of these off-season outings. But in an age when bad behavior dominates news about the activities of Black sports celebrities off the field, the efforts of those who seek to uplift the lives of others seldom make headlines.
Tawana M. Tibbs hardly considers herself a philanthropist. “I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing in the community,” says Tibbs, whose passion for having a positive impact on the lives of young people fuels her service to her community.
U.S. consumer sentiment improved in early May, as optimism about jobs eased the pain of high gasoline and food prices. Economists were less optimistic about the country’s growth prospects, but they were slightly more upbeat about the job market. Their projected drop in the nationwide unemployment rate, however, obscures a depressing outlook for African-Americans, whose jobless rate remains double that of the national average. TNJ queried noted experts about prospects for Black employment, income, poverty and entrepreneurship. Here are their responses:
TNJ’s 14th annual class of “40 Under Forty” high achievers reflects the rich diversity of the country’s Black community: African, African-American, Caribbean-American, Afro-Hispanic and Afro-European. The presence of nine entrepreneurs among them is worth noting.
Margaret Murray Washington already was a well-known educator and women’s activist when she married Tuskegee Institute founder Booker T. Washington and continued that activism during her marriage. On Sept. 12, 1898, the Washingtons gave twin lectures at Old Bethel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C.