CNN & ESSENCE: Reclaiming the Dream

CNN reclaiming the dream
ESSENCE.COM Jul, 30, 2009

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Filmed at the 2009 Essence Music Festival and hosted by Soledad O’Brien and Roland S. Martin, the ESSENCE/CNN co-production “Reclaiming the Dream” is a town hall-style chat featuring many of those scholars, experts and personalities featured in the “Black in America 2” series talking about ways to make our communities stronger.

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Capital Preparatory Magnet School founder and principal, Steve Perry (left), and the tenth President of Morehouse College, Dr. Robert Michael Franklin Jr. (right), talk about solutions to the issues that plague African-Americans in education.

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Radio host and comedian Steve Harvey seems to be having some problems concentrating while sitting next to actress Holly Robinson Peete.

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Judge Penny Brown Reynolds (left) and ESSENCE Editor-in-Chief Angela Burt-Murray (right) listen intently as an audience participant responds to the conversation.

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As Managing Director in Global Capital Markets at Morgan Stanley, Carla Harris knows a thing or two about money management. As President and CEO of the National Urban League, Marc H. Morial knows a thing or two about budgeting. The two came together for the “Reclaiming the Dream” town hall discussion to talk about how to incorporate both ideas even further in the Black community.

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ESSENCE Editor-in-Chief Angela Burt-Murray was also on hand to remind us that “Reclaiming the Dream” is about achieving the proclamations set by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., over 50 years ago.

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It’s important not to just look at the problems of our communities, but talk about all the ways people are making positive differences as well.

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NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Jealous was there to talk about what the 100-year-old civil rights organization is doing to continue Dr. King’s legacy of fighting for racial equality under all measures.

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Humanitarian and founder of the Angel Rock Foundation Malaak Compton-Rock (left) and former ESSENCE Editor-in-Chief and now business owner and entrepreneur Monique Greenwood (right) spoke about ways we as African-Americans can help bring solutions to some of our most pressing issues.

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This co-branded effort is the culmination to CNN’s “Black in America 2” series, which featured discussions on rebuilding Black communities through social reform and individual responsibility.

Watch CNN & ESSSENCE Present “Reclaiming the Dream” on CNN SATURDAY & SUNDAY, AUGUST 1&2 at 8:00 P.M. ET.

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