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Black Leadership Network’s Agenda for Solving the Problems Facing Black America

Washington, D.C. – Members of the Project 21 black leadership network, a project of the National Center for Public Policy Research (NCPPR), released their “Blueprint for a Better Deal for Black America” at a roundtable luncheon on Capitol Hill hosted by The Heritage Foundation.

NCPPR President David Ridenour and Project 21 Chairman Horace Cooper, who led the discussion, were joined by Heritage Foundation policy experts as well as Hill staff and members of the media.

While the national debate during the first two years of President Biden’s administration has focused on the virtues of wokeism and eco-alarmism, it has been woefully lacking in offering solutions to the real and pressing issues facing black America. These are the kitchen table and quality of life issues affecting black lives every day. Project 21’s Blueprint shines a light on the most significant problems facing black America – focusing not on racism or a perceived lack of equity, but on crippling government policies that hinder opportunity and destroy prosperity.

Project 21’s “Blueprint for a Better Deal for Black America” explores eight primary issue areas, offering 56 actionable policy recommendations to address topics including Criminal Justice, Election Integrity, Education, Critical Race Theory and more. Over the coming year, Project 21 will roll out the Blueprint to local and regional leaders at events in cities across America.

“The ‘Blueprint for a Better Deal for Black America’ offers concrete recommendations – all of which rely on the strengths of America and values like faith, personal responsibility and free market solutions,” said NCPPR’s David Ridenour. “The National Center is proud to stand up for black Americans who are increasingly disillusioned with the politics of division and are looking for a better way and solutions to solvable problems. If enacted, the recommendations in the Blueprint will ensure that blacks reach their full potential and are able to achieve the American Dream.”

“The Blueprint’s goal is solutions – not merely criticisms,” said Project 21’s Horace Cooper. “Offering innovative policies to lower the costs for college, encourage greater educational attainment for inner city youth, and end the crime epidemic, the plan is far reaching in scope.”

“This document lays out a roadmap for true black empowerment – one of growth and hope and one that doesn’t rely on the old zero-sum game of forcing other groups to sacrifice. It is a must read for Washington policymakers,” said Cooper.

The “Blueprint for a Better Deal for Black America” can be viewed here.

Project 21, a leading voice of black conservatives for over 25 years, is sponsored by the National Center for Public Policy Research. Its members have been quoted, interviewed or published over 50,000 times since the program was created in 1992. Contributions to the National Center are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated and may be earmarked exclusively for the use of Project 21.

Founded in 1982, the National Center for Public Policy Research is a non-partisan, free-market, independent conservative think-tank. Ninety-four percent of its support comes from some 60,000 individuals, less than four percent from foundations and less than two percent from corporations. Sign up for email updates here. Follow Project 21 on Twitter at @Project21News for general announcements. To be alerted to upcoming media appearances by Project 21 members, follow our media appearances Twitter account at @NCPPRMedia.

Author: The National Center