In that speech, Cosby argued that that it was time for blacks to stop blaming whites for such issues as high-school dropout rates, teen pregnancy, and delinquency.
Cosby received both kudos and vitriol for his words. But despite the reaction, he started an important conversation about the black-white achievement gap that he is still continuing.
Hear a conversation with Cosby about his tough-love prescription for America's black communities.
Bill Cosby, actor, comedian, author and philanthropistWe will also hear from a teacher on the South Side of Chicago, a police officer who works in Brooklyn, New York and a psychologist in Washington, D.C.
This program aired on May 18, 2005.