Here and Now: Defending the Black vote, supporting Black businesses

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Sunday, January 24, 2021
Here and Now: Defending the Black vote, supporting Black businesses
Host Sandra Bookman with this week's episode of "Here and Now."

NEW YORK (WABC) -- On this episode of Here and Now, reaction to the historic inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

Sandra speaks with women who have spent years behind the scenes, increasing Black voter turnout, defending the Black vote, and fighting systematic racism.

Melanie Campbell is the President and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and the convener of the Black Women's Roundtable and Glynda Carr is the President, CEO, and co-Founder of Higher Heights for America, the only political action committee dedicated to electing more progressive Black women.

Also on this episode, Sandra talks with New York Urban League President and CEO Arva Rice and DoorDash's Head of U.S. East and Federal Government Relations David London on a new partnership to support Black-owned businesses hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.

CEO of Entertainers 4 Education Alliance, philanthropist, and entertainer, Tonya Lewis Taylor tells Sandra more about the "Gun Violence Destroys Families Initiative," a social media campaign against gun violence featuring the parents of slain rapper Pop Smoke.

Plus, Urban Tech Founder and President, Patricia Bransford, discusses bridging the gap between the classroom and homeschooling and the importance of digital inclusion for children of color.

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children In A Racially Unjust America by Jennifer Harvey

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism



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