Star Parker founder and president of CURE speaking at the 2010 Bringing America Back to Life Symposium on “Freedom or Dependency?” Life in America Today: Perspective from the African American Experience. Should family life be based on welfare and dependency or liberation, effective urban renewal, education and freedom?
Star Parker is the founder and president of CURE, the Coalition on Urban Renewal & Education, a 501c3 non-profit organization that provides national dialogue on issues of race and poverty in the media, inner city neighborhoods, and public policy.
Prior to her involvement in social activism, Star Parker was a single welfare mother in Los Angeles, California. After receiving Christ, Star returned to college, received a BS degree in marketing and launched an urban Christian magazine.
The 1992 Los Angeles riots destroyed her business, yet served as a springboard for her focus on faith-based and free market alternatives to empower the lives of the poor. As a social policy consultant, Star Parker gives regular testimony before the US Congress, and is a national expert on major television and radio shows across the country.
Currently, Star is a regular commentator on CNN, MSNBC, and FOX News. She debated Jesse Jackson on BET; fought for school choice on Larry King Live; and defended welfare reform on the Oprah Winfrey Show.
Major accomplishments include co-producing a documentary on welfare reform with the BBC in London Star Parker’s personal transformation from welfare fraud to conservative crusader has been chronicled by ABC’s 20/20 Readers Digest; Dr. James Dobson; The Washington Times and many others
Articles and quotes by Star have appeared in major publications including the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and the New York Times. Her autobiography “Pimps, Whores & Welfare Brats” was released in 1997 by Pocket Books and her new book, “Uncle Sam’s Plantation” is released by Thomas Nelson in the fall of 2003.