NCPA Economic and Policy Forum & Author Series
Founder and president of the Coalition on Urban Renewal & Education, Author and Columnist
WHEN: Wednesday, March 26, 2008, 12:00 Noon to 1:15 PM
WHERE: Belo Hall, Belo Mansion, 2101 Ross Avenue at Pearl in the Arts District, Dallas, TX 75201.
TOPIC: Star Parker will discuss her personal transformation from single welfare mother to conservative crusader and her book:
"Uncle Sam's Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America's Poor and What We Can Do About It"
There will be a Question and Answer period at the end of Star Parker's remarks.
Star Parker is the founder and president of CURE, the Coalition on Urban Renewal & Education, a 501c3 non-profit think tank that provides a national voice of reason on issues of race and poverty in the media, inner city neighborhoods, and public policy.
Prior to her involvement in social activism, Star Parker was a single welfare mother in Los Angeles, California. After receiving Christ, Star returned to college, received a BS degree in marketing and launched an urban Christian magazine. The 1992 Los Angeles riots destroyed her business, yet served as a springboard for her focus on faith and market-based alternatives to empower the lives of the poor.
As a social policy consultant, Star Parker gives regular testimony before the United States Congress, and is a national expert on major television and radio shows across the country. Currently, Star is a regular commentator on CNN, CNBC , CBN , FOX News , and the United Kingdom's BBC. She has debated Jesse Jackson on BET; fought for school choice on Larry King Live ; defended welfare reform on the Oprah Winfrey Show , and spoke at the 1996 Republican National Convention.
Star Parker's personal transformation from welfare fraud to conservative crusader has been chronicled by ABC's 20/20; Rush Limbaugh; Readers Digest; Dr. James Dobson; The 700 Club; Dr. George Grant; the Washington Times; Christianity Today; Charisma, and World Magazine. Articles and quotes by Star have appeared in major publications including the Washington Post and the New York Times .
Star has written three books. Her autobiography " Pimps, Whores & Welfare Brats " was released in 1997 by Pocket Books, " Uncle Sam's Plantation " is released by Thomas Nelson in the fall of 2003, and " White Ghetto: How Middle Class America Reflects Inner City Decay " was released in 2006.
Today, in addition to heading CURE, Star is a syndicated columnist for Scripps Howard News Service, offering weekly op-eds to more than 400 newspapers worldwide, including the Boston Herald , the Dallas Morning News , The Orange County Register , San Diego Union , Arkansas Democrat Gazette , the Washington Times , and the Star and Stripes , the largest paper serving the men and women of our Armed Forces.
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