Bill Cosby on Improving Black Communities

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photoA year ago this week, Bill Cosby made a speech at a NAACP gala commemorating the 50th anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education that was by all accounts no boiler plate speech.

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.


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