Today, the National Urban League released its 39th edition of the State of Black America—Save Our Cities: Education, Jobs + Justice, evaluating these issues and their impact on equality in America.
The organization says “the state of black America is in crisis,” and the report’s findings provide a sobering but necessary look into the challenges affecting the black community. This year’s report includes the 2015 Equality Index, a critical and quantitative tool for tracking racial equality in America. A key takeaway is that the index for black Americans is 72.2%, compared with a revised figure of 71.5% for 2014. The Hispanic index is 77.7%, up from 75% a year ago.
“The 2015 State of Black America— Save Our Cities: Education, Jobs + Justice — and its corresponding Equality Index findings are a clarion call that a more comprehensive, inclusive, and on-the-ground recovery is necessary to ensure a healthy future for our nation and that we cannot expect to successfully move forward when we are leaving so many behind,” said Marc H. Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League. “Few times in a nation’s history is its collective conscience shocked and awakened across racial, economic, generational, and even ideological lines as ours has been over the past year. We are in that moment, and as long as justice is challenged on any front, we will keep pushing on every front.”
For the first time the index includes a special feature on state-level K-12 education, documenting the extent of black-white and Hispanic-white achievement gaps in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. It also includes rankings of U.S. cities, from most-to-least equal via the Black-White Index (70 cities) and Hispanic-White Index (72 cities), providing a revealing look at local dynamics beneath national trends.
Other key takeaways from the report on education, wages, and cities include the following:
Information for the report was compiled via existing statistics as well as a lineup of expert contributors across areas including job creation, transportation, education, city revitalization, criminal justice, entrepreneurship, and media images. Authors include Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser; film/television producer Debra Martin Chase; attorney Benjamin Crump; U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx; Gary, Indiana, Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson; NEA President Lily Eskelsen García; Radio One Inc. President and CEO/TV One Chairman and CEO Alfred Liggins; Mayor of Sacramento, California, and U.S. Conference of Mayors President Kevin Johnson; W.K. Kellogg Foundation President and CEO La June Montgomery Tabron; and “The Three Doctors”: Dr. Sampson Davis, Dr. Rameck Hunt, and Dr. George Jenkins.
This week the organization is hosting a series of discussions on its findings featuring experts and panelists. To learn more about the discussions and to download the all-digital edition of the report, visit www.StateofBlackAmerica.org. There you will find select data and report findings, Web series, press materials, infographics and charts, e-book purchase information, and year-round updates featuring new contributors.
Click here for full article.
NEW ORLEANS – The National Urban League’s 2012 Conference began with an announcement from President Barack Obama and concluded with words of inspiration from Stevie Wonder.
“This year’s Conference, in my hometown of New Orleans, may be our most successful ever,” said National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial, who served two terms as mayor of the Crescent City. “We were honored to have President Obama deliver the opening address, in which he announced an important education initiative and addressed the growing problem of firearms violence.”
On Wednesday night, President Obama announced an executive order establishing the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans.|
“A higher education in a 21st century cannot be a luxury. It is a vital necessity that every American should be able to afford,” he said.
Obama also made reference to the mass shooting earlier this month, saying, “a lot of gun owners would agree that AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers, not on the streets of our cities.”
The President’s remarks kicked off three days of workshops, seminars and panel discussions focused on the theme “Occupy the Vote: Employment and Education Empower the Nation.”
“I am astonished by the efforts that are underway in this nation to roll back the progress that we’ve made on voting rights.” Morial said in his “State of the Urban League” address on Thursday morning. ” The rise of the modern-day poll tax and literacy tests, disguised as sane and sensible voter identification laws, restrictions on important innovations like early voting , and handcuffs on community-based organizations that want to register people to vote are nothing other than modern-day Jim Crow methods in the clothing of James and Mary Crow, Esquire.”
Morial said attendance at the conference – both registered attendees and community members attending free events – approached record numbers, with nearly 5,000 registered attendees, more than 9,000 passing through the NUL Experience Expo, and 2,00 participating in the Career and Networking Fair.
Nearly 600 youth are participated in the Project Ready College Fair on Saturday, where they met with representatives from at least 60 colleges, universities and college access organizations, and scholarship organizations, who assisted in the college application process.
Morial thanked New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Urban League of Greater New Orleans President and CEO Nolan Rollins for welcoming the Conference and for their leadership in making it a success.
“No other city in the nation represents so well the strength and vitality of the multiculturalism we advocate and support, and no two civic leaders are more devoted,” Morial said. On Saturday, Morial joined Rollins in dedicating the local affiliate’s new Clarence L. Barney Head Start Center, named for the affiliate’s longtime President and CEO. The Conference also was the setting for a celebration of the 70th anniversary of the National Urban League Guild, an auxiliary to the League focused on fundraising and volunteerism. During his address on Thursday, Morial congratulated Guild President Frankie M. Brown. “I cannot imagine where we would be without the Guilds as a force,” he said.