ST. CHARLES - While the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr's "I Have a Dream" speech is being celebrated in DC Saturday, a week from today Illinois conservatives will have the opportunity to embrace and honor leaders in the Black Conservative movement at the first Black Conservative Summit in St. Charles Illinois.
Dr. Eric Wallace is organizing the effort and is looking forward to Illinois conservatives learning more about what they have in common with Black Conservatives on issues such a jobs, education and the family. "We welcome all colors to our Black Conservative Summit next Saturday at Pheasant Run," Wallace told Illinois Review. "The more we break through skin color barriers, the more likely we are to join forces to bring real change to Illinois and the nation."
Wallace says the effort to reach out to voters based on skin color is misled. "Blacks, browns and whites have much in common because we all know that the Democrats have promised everything and delivered little over the decades. We need to address the black community's deep problems and everyone benefits when that happens," he said.
The theme for this year’s gathering is “Defending the Natural Family: R.I.S.E to Rebuild the Foundation of Black America.” The summit will focus on a number of critical issues ranging from education to economic policy, in general, within the context of the “Natural Family."
History has proven that intact families are the best progenitor for producing children who become productive members of society. Research has shown that children from intact married families significantly out perform all other groups in overall school achievement categories. Additionally, these children are less likely to dropout or suffer the consequences of being suspended or expelled from school. Furthermore, statistics have shown that children from intact families who attend church regularly are more likely to finish high school, and go on to finish college/university.
"These are just a few of the statistics noting the benefits of the natural family to our society. Unfortunately, for far to long many in the Black community have been devastated by the collapse of the natural family," Wallace said. "This has led to any number of unintended consequences including high rates of out of wedlock births, abortions, incarcerations and gang violence. Our goal, among other things, will be to discuss how we begin to turn the tide in our community amidst cultural norms, values, etc., which continue to contribute to the growing attack against the foundation of the natural family."
The BCS will feature leading black conservative and Christian leaders from across the country to address the issues.
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