Washington Monthly Special Edition Addresses The History Of Race In America, As President Obama Takes His Oath For A Second Term

Jan 16, 2013, 11:29 ET from Washington Monthly

WASHINGTON, Jan. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Washington Monthly Magazine announced today the publishing of a special issue, "Race, History, and Obama's Second Term." Citing the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the magazine addresses race relations in America with a series of articles written by distinguished scholars and authors, including Taylor Branch, Nicholas Lemann, Elijah Anderson, Glenn Loury, and Isabel Sawhill.

The special edition, which is supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), is available today on newsstands and on our website by clicking www.washingtonmonthly.com.  

"As Barack Obama prepares to put his hand on the Lincoln Bible and take the oath almost exactly 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect, we wanted to address a series of questions about race in America," said Diane Straus Tucker, publisher of The Washington Monthly. "It's the appropriate time to ask: Where is America now, a century and a half after Lincoln signed that celebrated document? Have we progressed as much as we like to think?"

These and other critical questions are addressed in the magazine, which is one of the most comprehensive looks by mainstream media at the nation's history of race relations.

"The articles address the often ignored history of racism in America, but also help us understand the need for racial healing in our communities," said Dr. Gail Christopher, vice president - program strategy for WKKF. "Our nation has made progress, but we have further to go. As the articles disclose, wide disparities in many aspects of life continue for people of color. The nation must address disparities in health, housing, employment and the environment, factors that adversely impact communities of color."

Dr. Christopher said The Washington Monthly special edition is a tremendous resource for everyone, young and old, and all ethnicities, "to better understand the history of race in America so that our communities can heal the wounds of the past and create a brighter future, one that provides equal opportunities and improves life outcomes for vulnerable children."

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