Our Children, Our Future
Our children are our
future. Our elders are our history. Together, they are the most
precious resources of our community. It is our duty and responsibility
to provide for them, and for all citizens of District 44, a better
quality of life.
Children are a product of their parents. Parents are responsible
for their children. Mothers nurse them when they are babies, and are
the primary caregivers; especially here in Lafayette where fifty
percent of newborn black babies are born to unwed mothers.
Coincidentally, forty percent of black children drop out of school
before finishing high school. Those kids who are dropping out of high
school are not Democrats, Republicans, or independents; they are our
If a child has not been taught by his parents to be interested in
school, why should he be? If in his home he has never been told why he
should be interested in school and does not understand what an
education can do for him, he is not prepared for a learning
experience. We must reach our children so that they may be
educated and take their rightful place in this society as productive
individuals. It is easier to build the character of a child than to repair the character of an adult.
We cannot let our children's life experience be dominated by crime,
teen pregnancy, poor grades in school, negative peer pressure and
drugs. There are compelling forces drawing our children to street
corners and we must counter those forces.
I urge you to join our campaign as we plan for the future of our families, especially our children and the elderly.
"The great promise of America offers a better life for all who work for
it. No matter who you are, where you come from, or what you believe. As
an American, you live in a land that offers you all the possibilities
your hard work, common sense and our God-given talents can bring."
Working together, we can and will alleviate those barriers that
negatively impact our community.
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