Bill Clinton


What initiative did Clinton establish to improve race relations?

In June 1997, Clinton issued an executive order establishing his One America in the 21st Century: The President’s Initiative on Race. The initiative sought to encourage community discussion about race and diversity, bringing people together and healing divisions based on race and culture. Clinton named Dr. John Hope Franklin, a leading African American historian, as chairman of the advisory board for the initiative. The initiative led to two reports: One America in the 21st Century: Forging a New Future and Pathways to One America in the 21st Century: Promising Practices for Racial Reconciliation.


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