Yesterday Radio Iowa reported that the Iowa Commission on the Status of African Americans is launching a five-year project called the Ongoing Covenant with Black Iowa.
The Iowa Commission's statewide project will address problems in housing, education, and health care in an effort to improve the quality of life for black Iowans. The Commission is planning meetings in nine Iowa cities, including Dubuque. Input from each city will be presented to the Iowa Legislature.
The Iowa Covenant is inspired by the national Covenant With Black America led by journalist Tavis Smiley. Two recent books about the Covenant are available at Carnegie-Stout Public Library, The Covenant with Black America and The Covenant in Action.