Angela Glover Blackwell understands the power of stories to shape—and even change— outcomes. The founder and CEO of research and action institute, Policy Link, Blackwell’s goal is economic and social equity in the United States.
In order to explain why that’s important, she tells a dual story. One is about making sure that future Americans–the majority of whom will be people of color–are positioned equitably to get the best education and jobs their talents permit.
The second is about the future of American competitiveness in the world: “If this country wants to have a middle class and be competitive in the global economy, we need to make sure that the people who are going to be the future are ready for the future,” Blackwell said in a recent interview with NPR Marketplace’s Morning Report.
There is genius in this narrative entwining personal and national economic advancement. Continue reading