Star Parker is the founder and president of CURE, the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit think tank that promotes market-based public policy to fight poverty. She is a weekly columnist, distributed by Morris Communications and other major Internet news sources, with readership up to 8 million a week. Before her involvement in social activism, Star had seven years of first-hand experience in the grip of welfare dependency. After a Christian conversion, she changed her life, and today she is a highly sought-after commentator on national news networks for her expertise on social policy reform. Star’s other books include “Uncle Sam's Plantation” (2003) and “White Ghetto: How Middle Class America Reflects Inner City” Decay (2006).