|The Show: Overview
President Lyndon Baynes Johnson
convened the White House Conference "To Fulfill These Rights"
on June 1, 1966. The Conference called for papers and proposals
to be submitted by invites. On opening day Ambrose I. Lane,
Sr. distributed 1,000 copies of his proposal for the development
and empowerment of African American and poor communities, entitled
"We Ourselves" in the spirit of Sinn Fein. It received
lead editorial treatment the next day by the Wall Street Journal.
We Ourselves was subsequently used
by the staffs of U.S. Senators Robert F. Kennedy and Jacob Javits
to amend the federal Economic Opportunity Act (the Kennedy- Javits
amendment), becoming Title ID of that Act. It was the beginning
federal financial support of Community Development Corporations
(CDCs) in economically depressed communities throughout the
country. Later, Governor Nelson Rockefeller distributed Lane's
We Ourselves proposal to members of his Cabinet. The result
was the creation of the New York State Urban Development Corporation.
In 1978 Lane began a long-running
talk show, covering major social and religious issues impacting
the nation's poor and minority populations, on WPFW 89.3 FM--
50,000 watt Pacifica Foundation's radio station in Washington,
D.C. That talk show continues and for many years has been known
by listeners as We Ourselves. The show and this Web site are
in the spirit of Speaking Truth to and About Power. They are
also committed to helping people help themselves by disseminating
information and know-how that will enable powerless people to
If you need empowerment or want to contribute
to the effective empowerment of someone else or some specific
community or to the greater well-being of our nation and the
entire human family, this is the Web site for you.
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of the world's peoples.