ONE AMERICA IN THE 21st CENTURY |
"Today, I ask the American people to join me in a great national
effort to perfect the promise of America for this new time as we seek to build
our more perfect union....That is the unfinished work of our time, to lift the
burden of race and redeem the promise of America."
-- President Clinton, June 14, 1997
The President's Plan. The President is leading the nation in an effort
to become One America in the 21st Century: a place where we respect
differences and, at the same time, embrace the values that unite
us. To achieve this goal, President Clinton developed the following
- Develop Policy That Offers Opportunity To All Those Who Work
For It. Taking the recommendation of the President'
Board, the primary focus of our policy actions will be to enhance
educational and economic opportunity. A number of policy actions have
been announced, including creating education empowerment zones, increasing
quality teaching in undeserved areas and stepping up enforcement to
stop discrimination in housing.
- Engage Americans In A Broad And Constructive Dialogue. The
President is encouraging communities across the country to engage
in constructive dialogues on race. He is calling on them, not only
to stand against discrimination, but also to build greater understanding
across racial line and to find resolutions to honest differences.
From constructive dialogue, positive actions take root, like the Akron
Coming Together Project.
- Highlight Promising Practices That Are Working. Community
efforts are crucial to the success of the President'
s Initiative on
Race. In communities throughout the country, people are working to
bridge racial divides and to create equal opportunity for all. The
Race Initiative staff is identifying and creating a compilation of
these efforts, named “promising practices,” so that others may participate
in them or replicate them in their own communities, schools, businesses
and religious organizations. These promising practices have been highlighted
on the One America web site, in remarks by the President and at Advisory
- Recruit Leaders. The President is reaching out to leaders
in several areas of American life with a special emphasis on recruiting
youth, education, religious and business leaders. “One America” leaders
are those people who take up the President'
s call by organizing efforts
in their communities or professions. Through their leadership, the
s Initiative on Race will reach communities throughout the
- Advisory Board. The President appointed a small, diverse
group that will advise and assist him in outreach efforts and consultations
with experts. They were chosen based on their outstanding leadership
on this issue and their contributions to America'
s ongoing dialogue
about race and reconciliation.
- Deliver A Report from the President. This winter the President
will issue a report in which he will: 1) present his vision of One
America, including an assessment of the growing diversity of our nation;
2) reflect the work that has occurred during the initiative; and 3)
provide recommendations and solutions that enable individuals, communities,
businesses, public and private organizations and government at all
levels to address difficult issues and build on our best possibilities.