Cal Thomas, J.C. Watts, & Star Parker on The Most Pressing Issues of the Nation
Star Parker: Star is the founder and president of CURE, the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, a 501(c)(3) non-profit think tank that promotes market based public policy to fight poverty.
Star Parker's personal transformation from welfare dependent to conservative crusader has been chronicled by ABC's 20/20; Rush Limbaugh; Readers Digest; James Dobson; The 700 Club; Dr. George Grant; Christianity Today; James Robison; Newsmax, Charisma, and World Magazine.
She has debated Jesse Jackson on various headline issues; she fought for school choice on Larry King Live; she defended welfare reform on the Oprah Winfrey Show, and she debated healthcare reform against Michael Moore on ABC's The View with host Barbara Walters.
Currently, Star is a regular commentator on CNN, TBN, CSPAN, CBN, and FOX News. Articles and quotes by Star continuously appear in major publications around the world. She has written several books including Uncle Sam's Plantation and White Ghetto. Currently, Star is working on her next book: How the Poor Get Rich.
Cal Thomas: Cal Thomas is America's number one nationally syndicated political columnist. With a twice-weekly column appearing in more than 500 newspapers nationwide, he is one of the most highly regarded conservative voices on the American political scene today. He is a panelist on the popular "Fox News Watch" show, which airs Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. ET. His latest book, co-written with Bob Beckel and published by William Morrow, is entitled "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America." He and Beckel also write a twice-monthly column for USA Today.
A graduate of American University, Thomas is a 35-year veteran of broadcast and print journalism. He has worked for NBC, CNBC, PBS television, and the Fox News Network, where he currently provides weekly political commentary. He has appeared on "NBC Nightly News," "Nightline," the "Today" show, "Good Morning America," CNN's "Crossfire," "Larry King Live" and "The Oprah Winfrey Show."
In 1995, Thomas was honored with a Cable Ace Award nomination for Best Interview Program. Other awards include a George Foster Peabody team reporting award, and awards from both the Associated Press and United Press International.
A writer of force and clarity, Thomas has authored 11 books, including "Blinded by Might: Why the Religious Right Can't Save America," "The Things That Matter Most," "The Wit and Wisdom of Cal Thomas," "Book Burning," "Occupied Territory," "The Death of Ethics in America," "A Freedom Dream" and "Uncommon Sense."
In addition to his journalistic and literary achievements, Thomas lectures frequently on college campuses and is in great demand as a speaker for nonprofit and corporate audiences.
J.C. Watts: J.C. Watts is the chairman of the J.C. Watts Companies, a multi-industry holding company headquartered in Washington, DC, with operations in Texas, Oklahoma, and South Korea.
As chairman, J.C. provides strategic focus and program leadership to the firm's business engagements, alliances and initiatives. J.C. has built a diverse business organization that includes the first African-American owned John Deere dealerships in America; CLS Group, a project management firm with construction and engineering operations; Oak Crest Capital, a private equity firm; and Watts Partners (WP), a public affairs consulting company.
As chairman of WCG, J.C. works with clients to implement business development, communications and public affairs strategies. He advises or serves as a corporate director for several major companies, including John Deere, Wells Fargo, NASCAR, Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Clear Channel Communications, Dillard's Department Stores, and Terex Corporation. In addition, WCG has successfully worked on major civil rights issues at the federal and state level, including efforts to protect affirmative action, ensure voting rights, and alleviate global poverty and HIV/AIDS in Africa and elsewhere. He is an analyst for CNN and a frequent guest on national and international news shows and radio shows and has been widely quoted in major newspaper articles, both in the United States and around the world. He also writes a twice monthly column for more than a dozen newspapers.
J.C. has continued his public service by leading a U.S. delegation to Vienna, Austria, at the request of President Bush and Secretary of State Powell, to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Conference on Racism, Discrimination and Xenophobia. He joined President Bush on his historic trip to Africa. He co-founded and co-chairs the Coalition for AIDS Relief in Africa and serves on the board of the Corporate Council on Africa. He serves on the boards of the Boy Scouts of America and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He also created the J.C. and Frankie Watts Foundation to focus on urban renewal and other charitable initiatives.
J.C. was elected to the U.S. Congress from the fourth district of Oklahoma in 1994. In 1998, he was elected by his peers to serve as chairman of the Republican Conference, the fourth-ranking leadership position in the majority party in the U.S. House of Representatives, and a position once held by Dick Cheney, Jack Kemp and Gerald Ford. In this capacity, J.C. provided daily counsel to the Speaker of the House, and participated in bi-weekly meetings with the President of the United States.
As a Member of Congress representing the fourth district of Oklahoma, J.C. served for eight years on the House Armed Services Committee. He authored legislation to create, and then he later served on, the House Select Committee on Homeland Security. He also served on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, as well as the House Banking Committee. He led two congressional trade missions to Africa. He co-authored the American Community Renewal and New Markets Act, which President Clinton signed into law in 2000. He was the author of President Bush's faith based initiative, the Community Solutions Act of 2001. He also developed legislation with Congressman John Lewis to establish a Smithsonian museum of African American history.
J.C. was born on November 18, 1957 in Eufaula, Oklahoma. He graduated from Eufaula High School in 1976 and attended the University of Oklahoma until his graduation in 1981 with a B.A. in journalism. While at the University of Oklahoma, Watts was quarterback for the Sooners, leading them to two consecutive Big Eight Championships and Orange Bowl victories. He was voted the Most Valuable Player in the 1980 and 1981 Orange Bowls. From 1981 to 1986, he started for Ottawa and Toronto in the Canadian Football League and was voted the Most Valuable Player of the Grey Cup, the CFL's Super Bowl, his rookie season.
Cal Thomas Website: http://www.calthomas.com
Cal Thomas and Bob Beckel book: Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War that is Destroying America
Congressman J.C. Watts’ Website: http://www.wattsconsultinggroup.com/index.htm
Congressman J.C. Watts’ book: books: What Color Is a Conservative?: My Life and My Politics
Star Parker’s organization CURE, Center for Urban Renewal and Education: http://www.urbancure.org
Star Parker’s articles and quotes by Star continuously appear in major publications around the world. She has written several books including Uncle Sam's Plantation and White Ghetto. Currently, Star is working on her next book: How the Poor Get Rich.
After returning to Oklahoma, Watts served as a youth minister at Sunnylane Baptist Church in Del City, Oklahoma from January 1987 until December 1994, when he then became associate pastor. In 1990 he was elected to the Oklahoma State Corporation Commission and became chairman before running for Congress in 1994.