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Six years' worth of symposiums come together in this rich collection of essays that plot a course for African Americans, explaining how individuals and households can make changes that will immediately improve their circumstances in areas ranging from health and education to crime reduction and financial well-being. Addressing these pressing concerns are contributors Dr. D ...more
Paperback, 254 pages
Published February 22nd 2006 by Third World Press (first published January 1st 2006)
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Sep 27, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who needs to get updated on issues in the Black community
This was a very easy read. The compilation of essays highlighted some stark disparities between African Americans and White Americans that makes one think twice about whether it's time to do away with the labels and distinctions. Most helpful were the suggestions to both individuals and policy makers on the actions we can take to change things. The sobering statistics regarding familiar issues(healthcare, incarceration, college graduates) and not so familiar issues (digital divide, plight of rur ...more
Dec 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Covenant propounds ten issues critical to the African American community with an introduction to each issue by an expert in the area followed by detailed facts to support it, point-by-point recommendations on what leaders and individuals can do to help and, finally, some examples of successful projects addressing it. It's edited by Tavis Smiley and written in a very accessible style while including input from some of the most distinguished leaders and thinkers in the African American community.

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Date started/date completed: March 5th/ March 23

Total Pages: 205

Rating of book (1-10): I give this book a 7.95

If this book had gone one more chapter, what would have happened? Explain.: THis book talked about Black America and it was full of statistics and ratios between blacks and other races. I really enjoyed the book because I enjoy statistics and things like this. However i think, because im a teenager, that it would have been fun to read a chapter about teenage statistics in comparsion to o
May 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: african-american
Despite what you've heard, not all truths are self-evident...

The Covenant with Black America is a profound literary work that reveals the truths about America and its tenuous relationship with the African-American community. After an introduction by Tavis Smiley, leading authorities cover agendas that should be of major concern to all African-Americans: healthcare, education, employment, environment, etc.

The information included in this book shouldn't be anything you haven't heard before. If you
Jul 01, 2010 rated it liked it
This book was decent in my opinion. Tavis Smiley isn't my favorite person or my favorite writer, but his solutions to the issues Black America faces are doable - even if they are unlikely. I appreciate that there are still individuals who think about the problems in Black America and work to find solutions to them. The problem with works by writers like Smiley is that they never seem tor each the audiences to which they are directed. The book is a little repetitive - if you get to the end of eac ...more
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Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and felt it was enriching for the soul. This book proves that most, if not all, of the problems in the world have viable solutions out there but that often times the thing that prevents the proposed solution from taking effect is a lack of political will. It's a good book in the sense that it gets the reader thinking and asking "why" and "why not". Overall, I recommend this book to everyone and it helps that the book is a relatively quick read. ...more
Dec 05, 2014 rated it liked it
I would have liked to see family-friendly policies featured as one of the covenants. This omission was a gaping hole. Numerous places in the book call out the importance of parenting & families yet elevating the status and ability to provide care-giving was not emphasized. Paid mat/paternity leave, quality/affordable childcare, parent support, pregnancy and breastfeeding anti-discrimination......all incredibly impactful issues that should have been prominent.
Sep 26, 2007 marked it as to-read

Also see this diary on Daily Kos on Smiley's efforts to keep the pressure on the top GOP candidates for skipping this Thursday's GOP debate at Morgan State University (due to "scheduling conflicts"):

Nov 02, 2007 added it
Recommends it for: all my friends
A great book for new ideas on improving the current state of African-Americans in the USA. Also gives great recommendations of other idea driven books for those interested in an overall change state here in this country.
Sep 26, 2007 rated it did not like it
*yawn* sorry...i just could not get into this. the ppl who need to read this the most, won't. and the ppl who are/will read[ing] it are either already fired up about the issues, or tired of hearing about them. or like me, just getting tired of tavis... *ducks* ...more
Yasmine Jameson
I finished this book. It was an interesting read. Different persons in black america and their take on societal woes. But you have to read for yourself to make a decision. I finished this a while ago. I am just dating it current
Jul 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
Strong start to opening eyes to issues in America. Need to place action behind words to find success. Seeking more information from local gov. to make changes at the foundation!
Michael Glover
Jun 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
Tavis painted a solid picture about the state of Black America and the information he discussed in this book was powerful!
Sava Hecht
Nov 01, 2007 rated it it was ok
African Americans who want to make a difference should definitely read this book. There is much to learn, and more than much to do to create economic parity.
Mar 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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Must read!
Tracy Lewis
Jan 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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I think this is a real informational book for people to read. Especially if they have children and want them to be active in their communities, churches and be an all around good person.
Jun 02, 2007 rated it it was amazing
must read for black Americans and those who support a genuine racial equality.
Leigh Cross
A brilliant idea that doesn't quite pan out. ...more
Aug 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book is a blue-print for ideas to solutions for social issues in the black community.
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Tavis Smiley is a talk show host, author, political commentator, entrepreneur, advocate and philanthropist. Smiley grew up in Kokomo, Indiana. After attending Indiana University, he worked during the late 1980s as an aide to Tom Bradley, the mayor of Los Angeles. Smiley became a radio commentator in 1991, and starting in 1996 he hosted the talk show BET Talk (later renamed BET Tonight) on BET. Con ...more

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