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The President met with African American leaders yesterday in the Roosevelt Room at the White House to continue their dialogue on his plan to strengthen the economy for the middle class and continue to build ladders of opportunity for those striving to get there. The President reiterated his commitment to supporting policies that will directly impact those hardest hit by the economic crisis by making sure that America is a magnet for jobs, increasing access to job training programs, partnering with high-poverty communities to help them rebuild, and encouraging companies to invest in disadvantaged neighborhoods. The president also reiterated his call to reform education by expanding universal pre-K for every child as a way to significantly decrease the achievement gap

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  • The White HouseOffice of the Press Secretary___________________________________________________________________________For Immediate Release February 22, 2013Readout of the Presidents Meeting with African American LeadersThe President met with African American leaders yesterday in the Roosevelt Room at the WhiteHouse to continue their dialogue on his plan to strengthen the economy for the middle class andcontinue to build ladders of opportunity for those striving to get there. The President reiteratedhis commitment to supporting policies that will directly impact those hardest hit by the economiccrisis by making sure that America is a magnet for jobs, increasing access to job trainingprograms, partnering with high-poverty communities to help them rebuild, and encouragingcompanies to invest in disadvantaged neighborhoods. The president also reiterated his call toreform education by expanding universal pre-K for every child as a way to significantly decreasethe achievement gap.The president and the leaders expressed a shared concern about the need to implement common-sense improvements to the voting process because our democracy works best when everyAmerican eligible to vote has the opportunity to cast their ballot and make their voices heard.The President called on the leaders to continue the national dialogue on the need for a balancedapproach to deficit reduction. He stressed the harm that the automatic cuts known as thesequester will have on thousands of jobs while cutting services to children, seniors, mentalwellness programs, small businesses, and those in our military.The President praised the participants for their steadfast leadership on a broad range of issuescritical to improving the economy and strengthening our country. The leaders in attendance alsohighlighted their goals to continue to build momentum for Congress to act in the best interests ofthe American people by supporting policies that help move our country forward.Participants include:  Al Sharpton, Founder and President of National Action Network  Avis Jones-DeWeever, Executive Director, National Council of Negro Women  Ben Jealous, President, National Association of the Advancement of Colored People  Rev Derrick Harkins, 19th Street Baptist Church  Judith Browne Dianis, Co-Director, Advancement Project  Melanie Campbell, President, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation  Ralph Everett, President, Joint Center for Economic and Political Studies  Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks, Executive Director, National Black Justice Coalition  Wade Henderson, President, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights