The effects of Johnson’s “War on Poverty” 50 years later. SBT’s Conversation on Race.

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Sharon Russ largeEditor’s note: The Sunbeam Times has invited people of good will to engage in conversations here aimed at a reconciliation on racial tensions in our community. Sharon Russ, a black activist in Midtown St. Petersburg, offers her perspective. Those interested in participating should contact Within Sharon’s Biosketch is a powerful observation on racial issues.


By Sharon Russ.

Early childhood development is crucial  to the academic achievement and social and emotional development in the later years of a child’s life. Poverty has no color or boundaries. Most learning occurs before a child enters school. Consequently, black children enter school at a development disadvantage from the start and are never able to catch up.

Studies have shown that the early …
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