The Washington Post introduces "Behind the Headlines," a three-part series of community forums driven by three groundbreaking public opinion polls on issues facing the black community conducted by The Washington Post, the Kaiser Family Foundation and Harvard University. The Washington Post will partner with The Root to provide thought-provoking commentary that analyzes each poll and captures local perspectives on topics covered during the series. This effort is part of The Washington Post's ongoing commitment to providing Metro Washington's black communities timely, informative discussions and original Post journalism about critical issues that directly impact their lives.

“The Post serves one of the country’s most prosperous and diverse regions, and we believe it’s important to delve into issues of significance to this particularly vital, economically dynamic community,” said Marcus Brauchli, Executive Editor of The Washington Post. “With our partners in these forums, we hope to lead an important conversation about matters that deserve wider, continuing attention, not only in Washington but across the nation.”

The first forum in the series focuses on the recession's impact on black families and how economic policies in Washington have affected them. The event will take place on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 from 6:30-8:30pm at Prince George's Community College. The discussion will be lead by Michelle Singletary, nationally syndicated Personal Finance Columnist for The Washington Post, with panelists including Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, Congressional Black Caucus Chairman; Michael A. Fletcher, National Economic Reporter for The Washington Post; Jeff Johnson, Political Commentator on The Tom Joyner Morning Show; Dr. Julianne Malveaux, Economist and Educator; Cecilia Rouse, White House Council of Economic Advisers; and the Rev. Al Sharpton, National Action Network President.

In addition to the discussion on race and the recession, other planned Behind the Headlines forums will explore local perceptions about the future of the District and what it means to be a black woman in today's society. Aggregation of Post journalism and data, reporting by The Root, poll results, and information about upcoming events can be found by visiting www.washingtonpost.com/behindtheheadlines or www.TheRoot.com.

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