The President's Initiative on Race Highlights Promising
Practices Through the Internet
Washington, D.C. (November 6, 1997) -- The President's Initiative on Race
unveiled the first set of Promising Practices -- efforts that are
bridging racial divides in communities across America -- that interested
individuals and organizations can participate in or replicate in their
communities, schools, businesses, or religious organizations. This
announcement follows the President's pledge to inform Americans about
efforts that promote racial reconciliation.
These Promising Practices are part of several new features that the
launched on its One America Web site. The President's Initiative on Race
added the new features to encourage dialogue using the Information
Vice President Al Gore acknowledged the importance of the Internet as a
to engage all Americans in a national dialogue. "The Internet offers new
powerful opportunities for people of different backgrounds to connect
another," the Vice President said. "The boundaries of race, gender, and
class that often divide us as Americans, become less relevant in this new
Among the 14 Promising Practices are organizations such as Team Harmony,
in Boston, MA, which works to promote understanding and respect for
among young people through participation in interracial projects.
DuPage Media and Community Network, based in Wheaton, IL, which works to
improve the coverage of people of color in newspapers, television, and radio.
Professor John Hope Franklin, chairman of the Advisory Board to the
President's Initiative on Race, stressed the value of recognizing
Promising Practices. "It is extremely important that we recognize and
with groups that promote dialogue on race and racism in the United
These organizations are the foundation for a national movement toward
reconciliation," Franklin said.
Additional links on the One America Website include: "One America on the
Move," which updates activities and accomplishments of the Initiative;
of the Nation," which shares current demographic information on the
ethnic composition of the United States; and the "Advisory Board," which
shares information on the Advisory Board members, including a weekly
one Advisory Board member.
The Advisory Board will meet again on November 19, 1997 at the University
Maryland, College Park. The Initiative's first Presidential meeting on
is scheduled for December 3, 1997.