Star Parker is the founder and president of CURE, the
Coalition on Urban Renewal & Education, a 501c3 non-profit think
tank that provides a national voice of reason on issues of race
and poverty in the media, inner city neighborhoods, and public
Prior to her involvement in social activism, Star Parker was
a single welfare mother in Los Angeles, California. After
receiving Christ, Star returned to college, received a BS degree
in marketing and launched an urban Christian magazine. The 1992
Los Angeles riots destroyed her business, yet served as a
springboard for her focus on faith and market-based alternatives
to empower the lives of the poor.
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 shows across the country.
Currently, Star is a regular commentator on CNN, MSNBC, and FOX
News. She has debated Jesse Jackson on BET; fought for school
choice on Larry King Live; and defended welfare reform on the
Oprah Winfrey Show.
Star Parker's personal transformation from welfare fraud to
conservative crusader has been chronicled by ABC's 20/20; Rush
Limbaugh; Readers Digest; Dr. James Dobson; The 700 Club; Dr.
George Grant; the Washington Times; Christianity Today;
Charisma, and World Magazine. Articles and quotes by Star have
appeared in major publications including the Wall Street
Journal, the Washington Post, and the New York Times.
Star has written three books, "Pimps, Whores, and Welfare
Brats" (1996), "Uncle Sam's Plantation" (2003), and "White
Ghetto" (2006), resides in Southern California.
Today, in addition to heading CURE, Star is a syndicated
columnist for Scripps Howard News Service, offering weekly op-eds
to more than 400 newspapers worldwide.