Post by libby on Jan 13, 2016 1:07:07 GMT -6
Brown & Black co-founder says 'hallelujah' to Clinton focus on criminal justice reform
Wayne Ford sat in the front row at Monday night’s Brown & Black Forum, waiting for a telltale sign.
Which of the three Democratic candidates at Drake University’s Sheslow Auditorium — Bernie Sanders, Martin O'Malley or Hillary Clinton — would strike the right chord with him on issues that disproportionately affect African-Americans, Latinos and other minorities? The night's agenda focused on deeply entrenched civil rights concerns that in the last two years have divided our nation and sparked protests and riots in major cities.
Ford, a 64-year-old African-American former state representative, co-founded this forum — regarded as the nation’s oldest presidential forum on minority issues — in 1984 with Latino community activist Mary Campos, who sat next to him.
Ford in 1985 also founded Des Moines social services agency Urban Dreams.
See more: www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/local/kyle-munson/2016/01/12/brown-black-co-founder-ford-says-hallelujah-clinton-focus-criminal-justice-reform/78675064/