Star Parker


Star Parker is president of CURE, the Coalition on Urban Renewal and Education. CURE is a national voice of reason on issues of race and poverty in the media, in public policy and in poor neighborhoods. CURE promotes faith-based and free market alternatives to empower the poor and rebuild America's inner cities. Before involvement in social activism, Star Parker was a single welfare mother in Los Angeles. After her Christian conversion, Star received a BS degree in marketing from Woodbury University and launched an urban Christian magazine. The 1992 LA riots destroyed her business, yet served as a springboard to focus her on founding CURE. As a social policy consultant, Star Parker gives regular testimony before the United States Congress, and is a national expert on major television and radio news shows across the country. She has debated Jesse Jackson on CNN; fought for school choice on Larry King Live, and defended welfare reform on Oprah Winfrey. Currently, Parker is a regular guest commentator with USA Today, Investor's Business Daily, Fox News and MSNBC's Hardball. Major accomplishments include hosting daily radio talk shows in Christian and secular markets; speaking at the 1996 Republican National Convention; co-producing a documentary on welfare reform with the BBC in London; and broadcasting throughout the entire nation of Peru. Star Parker's personal transformation from welfare fraud to conservative crusader has been chronicled by ABC's 20/20; Rush Limbaugh; Reader's Digest; Dr. James Dobson; The 700 Club; Dr. George Grant; the Washington Times; and World Magazine. Quotes by Star have appeared in a myriad of publications including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Her autobiography, Pimps, Whores & Welfare Brats was released by Pocket Books in 1997. Star's second book Uncle Sam's Plantation was released in 2003. Star Parker resides in southern California and has two daughters, Angel and Rachel.