- Post 04 October 2012
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Lowery Institute Hosts ‘Great Student Debate’ on Jobs Act
Students, faculty and community leaders gathered to hear students from the Atlanta University Center argue for and against the proposed House bill, ‘Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act.’ The JOBS Act is a bill that intends to encourage the funding of small businesses in the United States. It is designed to restore job opportunities and stimulate the economy. The “Great Student Debate” was hosted by the Joseph E. Lowery Institute for Justice and Human Rights, which is housed at Clark Atlanta University.
Students from Morehouse College, Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University and Usher’s New Look Foundation participated in the debate. Retired judge Thelma Wyatt Cummings Moore was the debate’s moderator. The event was intended to create greater awareness of each political party’s approach to the nation’s current economic crisis and unemployment rate, in relation to the nation’s college population while motivating the youth to fully exercise their right to vote. “The change that we see happening was brought about by young people.
Make this nation live up to what it declares,” said U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, who was the event’s guest speaker. During the debate, one student urged that the strength of America isn’t in the government but in the people. “I can think of no greater celebration of my years and my life’s work than to be amongst young people who are fully engaged and fully motivated to participate in the democratic process,” Rev. Dr. Lowery said of the event.