State of Black America

The National Urban League’s State of Black America® is the culmination of the organization’s thought leadership around racial equality in America. Comprehensive in scope and authoritatively researched, the annual report examines the progress made by African Americans across multiple metrics: economics, education, health, social justice, and civic engagement. The State of Black America the year’s the most anticipated data resource the on the lives of African Americans.

Each year, the State of Black America® explores a specific theme of vital interest to communities of color, presenting cutting-edge research and thought-provoking articles from leading figures in politics, business, NGOs, academia, and popular culture. In addition to examining persistent social ills and institutional biases that impact black lives, the project’s contributors offer potential solutions. Past proposals have informed policy changes that address job creation, urban revitalization, entrepreneurship, and criminal justice reform.

The State of Black America® also includes the Equality Index™, a quantitative tool for tracking racial equality in America. The Equality Index appears biannually, the next scheduled for 2020.