Los Angeles, CA (BlackNews.com) - Readers who made the Covenant with Black America a New York Times #1 bestseller now have a new virtual meeting place to converse, share ideas and implement action plans to address pressing issues facing African Americans.
Tavis Smiley, editor of The Covenant, announced the new features and re-launch of the website, www.covenantwithblackamerica.com, on the nationally-syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show. The new site will launch Thursday, Aug. 17.
The Covenant with Black America is a national plan of action to address the primary concerns of African Americans today -- from health to housing, from crime to criminal justice, from education to economic parity. Since its debut in February the book has ignited interest from grassroots upstarts to established national organizations seeking to adopt one or more of its 10 key tenants.
"We wanted to move from a site that simply provided information about The Covenant to one that allows everyone committed to creating a Covenant project to meet and share ideas," said Smiley.
"Literally every day since the book's release I've heard from folks all around the country about their efforts, ideas and plans on making this book a living, breathing, walking, talking movement for making Black America better. This new more robust site will allow folks to congregate in cyberspace. It's exciting to see this unfold."
On the site visitors can sign the official Covenant pledge, send legislators a copy of the Covenant policy goals, link to voter registration sites, download tools for organizing and research and participate in blogs with Covenant experts, including Smiley, Princeton University professor Cornel West and Angela Glover Blackwell, founder and chief executive officer, PolicyLink. Special areas will include tips on organizing for faith communities, feedback sections, announcements and donor pages.
"The key phrase is now Covenant Connectivity," said Smiley. "Day or night, 24 hours a day anyone can log onto the website and get plugged into the progress of The Covenant."
For more information about The Covenant project, visit www.covenantwithblackamerica.com
About the Covenant with Black America
The Covenant with Black America is a national plan of action to address the primary concerns of African Americans today -- from health to housing, from crime to criminal justice, from education to economic parity. The frustration and angst felt by Black Americans post-Hurricane Katrina, from California to the Carolinas, is palpable. As we move toward the national elections of 2006 and 2008, Black Americans are entitled to have questions answered and visions shared of where our leaders want to take this country and a blueprint for how we get there. For more information visit www.covenantwithblackamerica.com