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(GEORGE CURRY MEDIA)—“Eschewing political banalities, sloganeering and appeals to fears and suspicions, the candidates should seize the opportunity to challenge the nation to regain her sense of purpose by facing her imperfections, not apologetically, but with the firm resolve that this nation can and should do better.” —National Urban League Executive Director Vernon Jordan, the State of Black America, 1976.

As we observe the 40th anniversary of the State of Black America,® the similarities of the United States of 1976 and the United States of 2016 are profoundly striking. The nation was recovering from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. According to the report, “Blacks suffered disproportionately because of their low position on the economic ladder as unemployment climbed to depression levels in many of their communities …” These words could just as easily apply to today.

The 2016 edition of the State of Black America® “Locked Out: Education, Jobs and Justice,” will be released on Tuesday, May 17, during a live broadcast from the Newseum.

The report National Urban League’s annual analysis of Black and Latino equality in America, and, for the second year it will be available in an all-digital format available at http://www.stateofblackamerica.org. Visitors will find the e-book, Web Series, select data, videos, articles and other frequently updated features.  This year’s report again includes the Equality Index™, in its 11th year for the Black-White Index and its sixth year for the Hispanic-White Index — measuring how well Blacks and Latinos are doing in comparison to their White peers in five categories: economics, education, health, social justice and civic engagement.

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