The announcement that Attorney General Eric Holder, the first African-American US Attorney general and the fourth longest tenured Attorney general has hit African-Americans hard. In an exclusive interview on Afternoons with Amos from the Congressional Black Caucus Weekend activities in Washington, Congressman Andre Carson commented on to Holder’s service to the country and the community and the impact of his eventual leaving. Also in the Afternoons with Amos interview, Congress Carson talked with Amos about the efforts in Indy to expand quality preschool. Carson felt strongly that the process of expanding preschool in Indianapolis needs to slow down a bit to make sure that all groups with a stake in preschool and early childhood education are at the table; including Head Start. Rep. Carson also talked about reaction among CBC members and the community to the American and coalition forces conducting airstrikes against ISIS terrorists in Iraq and Syria. On the Census American Community Survey (ACS) data showing poverty increasing while incomes stay stagnant in Indianapolis, and Black unemployment remaining high, Cong. Carson said the economic conditions are a major reason why people should get out and vote to help elect people sensitive to helping those suffering from the sluggish economy.
Cong. Carson also talked about the CBC Foundation’s annual Phoenix Awards gala which will honor Radio One’s Founder Cathy Hughes, former Essence Magazine Editor Susan Taylor, civil rights attorney and fighter Wade Henderson, business man Robert L. Wright and the legendary Muhammad Ali. In the interview Carson praised the pioneering efforts and continuing efforts of Cathy Hughes, including her role as head of the only Black-owned publicly traded media company in America. Carson also said he was honored to be presenting the award at the CBC Foundation Gala to the Champ Muhammad Ali. Click the Media Player to hear Amos’ Interview With Cong. Andre Carson. Runs 10 Minutes. ©2014 WTLC/Radio One.