The rationale for the Apprend Foundation and the emerging Crafting Freedom Insitute was summarized in the the report of President Clinton’s 1997 Initiative on Race led by eminent historian, Dr. John Hope Franklin (January 2, 1915 – March 25, 2009):

“The absence of both knowledge and understanding about the role race has played in our collective history continues to make it difficult to find solutions that will improve race relations, eliminate racial disparities, and create equal opportunities in American life…Educating the nation about our past and the role race has played in it is a necessary corollary to shaping solutions and polices that will guide the nation to the next plateau in race relations.”