NSRTC Celebrates Black History Month
The North Salem Republican Town Committee celebrates black history month. Today we honor Kay C. James, the immediate past President of the Heritage Foundation. Mrs. James was raised in the segregated south and was one of the first blacks to be integrated into Virginia’s all white schools, a first historic experiment in desegregation. Her experiences growing up in poverty with a mother on welfare and alcoholic father, shaped her views on the importance of family and religion. She also revered the value of education, the need for welfare reform, and the personal knowledge of the failures of well-intentioned government programs, that were constantly repeated in many American communities.
Also an author, Mrs. James career rose through her impeccable qualifications while serving with distinction on many school and University boards and commissions, that made many Presidents and Governors take notice. She was appointed by President Ronald Reagan, and reappointed by President George H.W. Bush to the National Commission on Children. She was also an associate director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, and an assistant secretary for public affairs at the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services. Virginia Gov. George Allen appointed her as Virginia’s secretary of health and human resources. Which she designed and implemented Virginia’s landmark welfare reform initiative that set time limits and imposed work requirements for welfare recipients.
In 2001, Mrs. James was appointed director of the U. S. Office of Personnel Management by President George W. Bush. In that year of 9/11, she designed and oversaw the process to merge different agencies into the newly created Department of Homeland Security. In 2016 President elect Donald Trump made her Senior advisor in his transition team, then appointed her as a commissioner on the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission when he was President in office. She advised him on many matters, from immigration reform to support for Historically Black Colleges and Universities; as she was a proud graduate of Hampton University, an HBCU (heritage.org).
Mrs. James longtime motto is that she
didn’t become a conservative despite her roots, she became a conservative because of her roots. Learn more about the impressive Kay C. James at https://www.heritage.org/staff/kay-c-james