During a live broadcast from the Newseum’s Knight Studio May 17, The National Urban League released the 40th edition of its signature State of Black America® report and outlined a comprehensive national remedy for the persistent inequities the report details.
Each year the State of Black America® provides a comprehensive, data-driven assessment of where black and Latino Americans stand in relation to their white counterparts in the United States. The 2016 edition, “Locked Out: Education, Jobs and Justice,” includes a 40-year retrospective, noting that in many areas, such as the income gap and homeownership rate gap between black and white Americans, little to no progress has been made over those four decades.
“In the very first State of Black America report in 1976, then-president Vernon Jordan wrote, ‘The urgency of the problems that grip the American people allow no time for delay or for half-way measures,’” National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial said. “Sadly, the problems he described 40 years ago continue to grip the American people, and it’s long past time to meet them with full-measured urgency.”
“The five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment have played an integral role in the fight for racial equality in this country,” said Jeffrey Herbst, president and CEO of the Newseum. “History has shown us the power of these freedoms to affect great change, and today’s report illustrates the need for a renewed effort on all our parts to achieve a more perfect union.”
The National Urban League is a civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment to elevate the standard of living in historically underserved urban communities. Founded in 1910 and headquartered in New York City, the National Urban League spearheads the efforts of its local affiliates through the development of programs, public policy research and advocacy.