The ASU Department of Public Administration – Lois B. Hollis Center for Public Deliberation and Participation is holding this community forum on the 1965 Moynihan Report on the Negro Family to increase citizen awareness on achieving greater social equity (i.e., fairness, justice, and equality) to mark the 400-year milestone for the African American community in 2019.
Social equity is the pillar in the field of public administration that has been the most challenging to achieve since its emergence in the late 1960s – early 1970s.
The 1965 report, The Negro Family: A Case for National Action, was prepared by then Assistant Secretary for the Department of Labor, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, to assist President L. B. Johnson in his War on Poverty Initiative. The report recommended that the national government take comprehensive and coordinated action to address the social inequities impacting the black community caused by centuries of injustice. However, the report became the subject of political controversy and was never implemented.
Now over fifty years later as the nation begins to prepare for the 400-year milestone of the African American community in 2019, having a new national plan for increasing social equity for this population would be fitting. Citizen participation in realizing such an effort is vital. This community forum provides Albany, Dougherty, Georgia with an opportunity to begin thinking about how such a plan would benefit this area.
Dr. Peter A. Ngwafu, Chair
Department of Public Administration
Dr. Veronica Adams-Cooper, Director
Lois B. Hollis Center for Public Deliberation and Participation